Blood Relations / Hiding Blame
Devon Carey, a young man soon to be released from prison, is befriended by June Ashford, an older woman who claims to have known his father. Who is June? The mother who abandoned Devon as a small child? Or the mother of the boy he is in prison for killing ten years ago?
That's the premise of a feature film script titled Blood Relations, written by Portland screenwriter Lori Morgan. The film explores the tangled complexities of one act of violence and the possibilities of redemption, forgiveness and revenge that follow.
This is a Kickstarter project for a short film called Hiding Blame. Why are you talking about a feature called Blood Relations?
Hiding Blame is a short narrative film that begins on the night ten years earlier that led to Devon's incarceration. It tells a part of the back story that is only referenced in the feature. And while we believe Hiding Blame will illuminate and deepen the experience of the feature, it will not give away the key elements or surprises of the feature.
The short script is a suspenseful story with its own beginning, middle, and end -- but an ending that will leave its audience with many questions. A perfect springboard to the feature. Our plan is to film the short narrative and submit it to film festivals worldwide. Director Scott Ballard has won several awards for his independent filmmaking efforts, and we hope to add to his list of accomplishments. We will use Hiding Blame as part of the "pitch package" to raise funding for Blood Relations. We also look forward to this film becoming a key bonus feature on the eventual DVD release of the feature film.
Who are the people behind this project?
Lori Morgan is a screenwriter and bookseller living in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of San Francisco State University and the UW Screenwriting program, Lori has written multiple feature film scripts. She was the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Media Award for her script, The Catamount Hills, which also won a best screenplay award at the Telluride screenplay competition. Hiding Blame will be her first working film producer credit.
Scott Ballard is a Portland-based Director, Producer and Director of Photography with over 12 years experience filming narrative features, shorts, documentaries and music videos. His HD, Super 16mm, and 35mm work has won multiple awards, playing in festivals around the world. He holds an MFA in Film Production from Boston University. Recently, his work has been seen in the Arizona International Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.
Quigley Provost-Landrum has been working as an actor for 30+ years.She received her BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University.She has appeared on stage in Portland at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Stark Raving Theatre, Profile Theatre Project, and The Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon where she played the title role in their production of Medea directed by Keith Scales, for which she won a Drammy award.She has appeared in the films Gathering Evidence and Extraordinary Measures.
A graduate of the Seattle Film Institute, Jeff Vigil has been freelancing in the film and comic book industries for over ten years. He has worked on numerous feature films, shorts, and corporate projects in the Seattle area, and has recently begun storyboarding for various platforms. In 2010, Jeff created Sic Puppy Productions. Since then he has written and directed several short films and music videos. His comic work has been published by Rebel Studios, Asylum Press, Avatar Press and Indy Comics Magazine.
Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland. He has released five albums on Hush Records, while also composing ballets, film, and play soundtracks. His newest album, Primary Perception was released in April on Fluff and Gravy Records, a track from which was recently featured on NPR. Nick has composed three ballets with the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City, feature dancers from the New York City Ballet. He composed and performed music for Girls Who Drew Horses, a stage play featured at the New Orleans Fringe Fest in 2012, and also composed a soundtrack for the feature film, Cement Suitcase.
Kevin Forrest was born in New Orleans and moved to Scotland at age ten, where he first learned to edit using two VCRs and a makeshift soundboard. Now a freelance videographer and independent filmmaker, Kevin is also a co-owner of Hippodrome Media, where he is director of photography. In addition to his own and others’ film projects, Kevin assists with video production classes at Portland Community College. Kevin’s recognized ability to create stunning visual images has gained his entry into a variety of national film festivals. Kevin's editing system has been upgraded from two VCRs and a makeshift soundboard to Final Cut Pro on a MacBook.
Why is this project important to you?
This is a very personal project. I began writing the story of a middle aged woman who befriends a young man in prison while my own son was incarcerated. Though it is not autobiographical, it is very much informed by my experiences and my son's experiences in the prison system. And though the short is not the feature, it is so organic to the feature that it feels as if it has always been with me.
In addition to my personal motivations, I believe we have a strong project that can contribute to the acting and independent filmmaking community here in the Pacific Northwest. Hiding Blame will be shot over a four-day period (two weekends) in both Seattle and Portland, using all local cast and crew.
How can I play a part?
First of all -- your interest in this project means a lot to us. That you've watched our video and read this far... wow -- thank you!. We hope you will take it one step further and choose to pledge at whatever level you can comfortably afford. We have some fun and unique rewards to offer, including the chance to be an extra in the short, as well as photographs and visuals related to the project.
Also help us spread the word. Sharing the link to this project with your friends, relatives, and co-workers can help bring this project to fruition. Thank you in advance for your kind support.
Risks and challenges
Working with a large group of people, many of whom must make their living at jobs outside of filmmaking, always presents scheduling challenges. By filming on two consecutive weekends we hope to make this as manageable as possible, but we know that life (and weather) happens, and we have contingency plans in the works as well. We have kept the locations to a minimum and we have ideas for how to alter or trim if necessary. The principal players (producer, director and lead actor) are committed to seeing this project through. Our director, having written and directed two independent feature films already, is especially familiar with the need for agile problem-solving at a moment's notice. And it's our experience that part of the joy of working independently, and with a limited budget, comes from the natural constraints that can spark new and creative ideas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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