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A vampire moves to the city to follow his dreams of becoming a poet--with the help of a vampire hunter posing as a real estate agent.
A vampire moves to the city to follow his dreams of becoming a poet--with the help of a vampire hunter posing as a real estate agent.
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The Story:

The Poet is a short film and a dark comedy/drama with a lot of heart...enough heart to drive a wooden stake through it.

Drake is a quirky, gentle vampire who's enamored with the beat poets of the 1950s and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his favorite poet--Allen Ginsberg. To do this, he must move from his cabin in the woods to the bustling city and immerse himself with other writers and artists. He enlists the help of a real estate agent, Jennifer Herald, who caters to vampire clientele. What Drake doesn't know, is that Jennifer is a vampire hunter, luring in creatures of the night under the guise of helping them acquire a new home. The two form a strange and unlikely bond, but as Drake's passion for poetry grows, so too does his bloodlust, while Jennifer feels pressure to maintain her reputation as an expert vampire killer. 

Damnationland:

This film is for Damnationland, a showcase of dark films that premiere at The State Theater in Portland, ME in October and then play in various theaters around Maine for the Halloween season. It's a great way for Maine filmmakers to present their work and talent and for everyone interested in and excited about film to come together to celebrate. http://www.damnationland.com/

Who we are:

Erin Enberg, Writer/Director

Erin has freelanced in film and TV production for the last 10 years and most recently wrote/directed three short films and a stage play. The latest film, Arabel, premiered at the New Hampshire Film Fest and is an official selection at The Emerge Film Fest in Lewiston, ME and SENE Film Fest in Providence, RI. Her favorite vampire films are The Horror of Dracula with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu, the Spanish language version of the 1931 Dracula, and Let the Right One In. 

http://www.erinenberg.com

Mark Hensley, Director of Photography

Mark's roots are in still photography, but when video came to the still camera, it was like he was putting on glasses for the first time and he could see that film production was his true passion. Mark has spent the last six years working on every short film, indie feature, commercial or music video he could find. He's had the honor of seeing several of those short films be selected or go on to win at festivals across the country. For Mark, shooting a film, long or short, is his way of life.

http://wickedmooseproductions.com/

Erik Moody, Actor

Erik is thrilled to be reuniting with Erin and Erika (ARABEL) and Mark (Damnationland 2014's DARK) for THE POET in Damnationland 2015's short film showcase. Having workshopped the character "Drake" in THE POET's earlier stages, Erik is excited to, at last, sink his teeth into Drake's immortality.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3616521/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Erika J. Wilson, Actor

Erika J. Wilson, also known by her nickname Brika Brack, is a High Honors graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She is a fearless film and stage actress, host, writer, editor, producer, model, speaker, teacher, purveyor of positivity, powerhouse of energy, debator, bacon connoisseur, animal lover, friend, free spirit and all over entertainer. She is excited and honored to reconnect with Erin and Erik after working with them on their short film Arabel, currently a multiple Film Festival official selection. She cannot wait to collaborate further and make the world a better place through their art. Shine brightly. Live. Laugh. Love. Create.

https://www.facebook.com/brika.brack

We have a crew lined up--all people we've worked with before, just waiting for the go-ahead!

Our Previous Work:

Erik Moody and Erika Wilson starred in Erin's film Arabel, and Mark Hensley worked on the crew. Check out the trailer below or go see it at The Emerge Film Fest or the SENE Film Fest this April.

Mark Hensley and Erik worked together in Ranin Brown's film 'Dark' which will also be at The Emerge Film Fest (Mark was Director of Photography).

Why We Need Your Help:

Making a quality film is a group effort. It takes a village to make a film! The good news is that we're all professionals and have experience and know exactly what goes into seeing it to fruition. We need your help in funding our film to obtain the following:

Film Equipment

Set design

Wardrobe

Food for the cast and crew

Location rentals/fees

Gas $/Many crew are taking off time from work to work on this film

Miscellaneous/emergency 

*The song City Mouse was written and performed by Dominic Lavoie.

Thank you! 

Risks and challenges

We want to shoot this in May, so being able to fund the film NOW is the biggest challenge we face.

With your help, we can reach our goal!

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    Digital download of The Poet soundtrack, featuring Maine musicians, including:

    Dominic Lavoie/ShaShaSha
    Kurt Baker
    The Holy Boys Danger Club
    Amanda Gervasi
    Zach Jones
    Erik Moody
    William Ethridge (Panda Bandits) and John Fountain (Town Founder).

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    Special magnet designed by Maine native Jeanne Lambert and her "Magic in the Every Day" series. You will get to choose one of two designs that embody the vampire spirit of our film. PLUS you get a poem from the film mailed with it.

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