About this project
New Mexico Territory. 1890.
A gunslinger working for a large mining company joins forces with the local Marshal to persuade Molly Lockhart to sign over the claim on her sick father’s silver mine.
Ulysses, a young Apache who works the family’s mine, is thrust into the conflict when he leads the gunslinger and Marshal to the Lockhart’s home.
Westerns are often about a transitional moment in history, when old values are no longer useful and new values don't yet exist. What I’m drawn to are the people that are caught in these moments, who may have outlived their usefulness to a society that now discards them. These characters, burdened and inspired by the land, circle the perimeter of law and civilization in a state of mind like Beckett's Unammable...
"You must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on."
Production has to begin in 3 months...
Lightning In The Hand is scheduled to start shooting on the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, October 2013. I have been working day and night since scouting locations in December with Co-Writer Andrew Reuland. Now almost all of the pieces are in place to make our story come to life. All we need to get on set and make the film happen is to hit our goal!
Director/Writer/Producer: Joey Grossfield
Writer/Producer: Andrew Reuland
Cinematographer: Jarin Blaschke
Costume Designer: Cathy A. Smith
Casting Director: Jo Edna Boldin
Producer: Lava Buckley has worked for several years in the New Mexico film community and recently produced the award-winning short film Don't. With experience in front of and behind the camera, accounting, and even casting, Lava brings the vision and knowledge of production in New Mexico we need to make this film come together.
Kevin Wiggins is playing Jack Slade, the gunslinger hired by the mining company.
Kristen Rakes is playing Molly Lockhart, who is trying to defend her family's silver mine.
Samson Snell is playing Guthrie, the local Marshal who joins forces with the gunslinger.
Nakotah Larance is playing Ulysses, who is caught in the conflict between the Lockharts and the mining company.
All additional crew, from the wrangler and armorer to the sound recordist and special effects technician, are locals who have been working on Westerns in New Mexico for decades!
Why we need you...
I have put together over half the budget for the film, but without the remaining $15,000 we won't be able to go into production. Principal photography is scheduled to start in October and without your help we simply can't do it. All of the money put into the film is going up on screen. Every dollar raised here is going toward bringing horses, period guns and costumes, crew and even water to a remote location outside Santa Fe. This is the most ambitious film I have ever attempted, and it can only be made with the help of a community of people like you coming together who believe in the project.
I've been working on a series of paintings that illustrate particular shots which may be incorporated into the film. These original paintings, seen here and in the video, will be given away at all donation levels over $100.
The Feature Film...
Lightning In The Hand is the first step in developing a feature length Western. Producing a period film is an enormous undertaking, and getting a first feature film into production is equal in scale. I am making Lightning In The Hand to inspire investors for the feature film, and to hone the art of producing a period action film.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking comes with risks and challenges that are unique to each project, and this project has no shortage of either. But the biggest challenge is getting all the right people, equipment, and props together at the same time. It sounds simple, but its really the hardest part. Once that happens the movie happens, and as long as we stay cool and adapt to problems that pop up along the way we will return from New Mexico with a Western!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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