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PUTNEY is the next film from writer/director Stewart Thorndike, who is giving away her award-winning debut feature, LYLE, starring Gaby Hoffmann, for the duration of this fundraising campaign.Watch LYLE here now.
LYLE is the "sharp and moody" story of Leah (Gaby Hoffmann), whose grief over the death of her toddler turns to paranoia when she begins to suspect her eccentric neighbors are involved in a satanic pact, in an updated, lesbian Rosemary's Baby. Watch the trailer here.
BUT THIS IS A CAMPAIGN FOR PUTNEY, Stewart's next film, which is the second of three female-focused arthouse horror films, all to be told from Stewart's unique perspective. If you like LYLE, we ask you to support our Kickstarter through a donation or by sharing the campaign.
Feeling inspired by a TED Talk about connectivity, four estranged women go on a weekend hiking trip to The Putney Residence, a closed hotel with a dark history, where they hope to rekindle their friendships. But the good times end quickly when the most annoying member of the group injures her leg and begins seeing strange things in the Putney. Divided on what to do with their hurt friend, tensions mount within the group, but they continue to re-watch the TED Talk to get past their fighting. But soon the TED Talk starts telling them to do bad things.
SO WHY ARE WE GIVING LYLE AWAY?
When our team set out to make LYLE, it was out of a desire to control our own fate: we had previously tried to make another film that, despite adoration from actors and peers, we were unable to finance. The message seemed to be that there wasn't an audience for female-focused genre films. We decided to instead make LYLE, a low budget film that could be on our terms, and find an audience we know exists. In the spirit of that mission, we now want the film to find its audience in the easiest way possible, on LYLEmovie.com
If we opted for a more typical distribution route, far fewer viewers would have access to LYLE and it would take many months. Instead, we're making the film as accessible as possible in the hope that viewers will watch and choose to support filmmakers in which they believe.
Risks and challenges
As with any independent film, there are challenges to a production, but our team has made films before and made them on tight budgets, just as we did with LYLE. If we hit our funding goal, we can move quickly into early pre-production on PUTNEY, allowing us to form our LLC, hire lawyers and key creatives, and find our perfect hotel location. If we exceed our funding goal, we can do even more. We'd love and are trying to shoot PUTNEY this fall, but there is a risk that it might be delayed, in which case we'll shoot in the spring. Either way, PUTNEY is happening and we hope you'll join us on the adventure.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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