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An Ohio boy and his older brother get in over their heads with the owner of a local scrap yard.
An Ohio boy and his older brother get in over their heads with the owner of a local scrap yard.
110 backers pledged $8,522 to help bring this project to life.

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WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We have completed principal photography and locked the cut, but need your help to bring HOLLER over the finish line. In order to do that, we need to raise enough funds to cover color correction, sound mix and to create our deliverables (the final product).

Why so much money? Post production is expensive, and we want to be able to deliver the highest quality short possible for festivals and to you, our Kickstarter backers!

THE STORY

Peanut Edmonson as "Coon" and Cody Oppel as "Blaze"
Peanut Edmonson as "Coon" and Cody Oppel as "Blaze"

Coon and Blaze are two young brothers growing up in small town southern Ohio. Not only are they brothers, but they're inseparable best friends. Their story is set against a rust belt town where jobs are disappearing, factories are closing and many young people are struggling. These are the children left behind, and while the world moves on, they must find a way to get by.

THE COMMUNITY

While making HOLLER, the people of Jackson, Wellston and Coalton, came together to help the filmmakers tell their story. It is through their generosity and graciousness that this project has come to fruition. 

Entering the village of Coalton
Entering the village of Coalton

Part of the short was filmed at the local 4-H Camp, Canter's Cave, where the camp director, Anita, offered up her home and the surrounding grounds to film the climax of the story. The camp brings in a couple thousand campers every year and almost every kid in southeastern Ohio has memories of spending warm summer nights around a bonfire or fishing in the manmade lake. 

Canter's Cave house location on the scout...
Canter's Cave house location on the scout...
... and in the film.
... and in the film.

Woody, the owner of Woody's Towing & Auto Repair in Coalton, opened his doors to the team, allowing us to transform both his business and his home into one of the key sets of the film.

Andrew Herriage as "Hark"
Andrew Herriage as "Hark"

Ronnie, who runs one of the two scrapyards in Jackson, made the opening shot of the film possible by single handedly cutting off pieces of an old fire engine so that the camera could be placed where needed. His team also cleared out a whole section of ten-foot tall scrap metal so that our crew could move around the yard. In addition, Ronnie helped secure other locations and even has a brief cameo in the film itself.

Andrew, Peanut and Cody at the scarpyard
Andrew, Peanut and Cody at the scarpyard
A still from the first shot of the film
A still from the first shot of the film

Like Anita, Ronnie and Woody, many others lent a helping hand. For example, Tiny and John, who run the Rocky Creek Campground, let us film in one of their cabins, Debbie and Bob, local farmers and active community leaders, allowed us in their barn and Nea, a prominent realtor in the area, housed a large number of the crew in her own home.

Basecamp outside of Woody's
Basecamp outside of Woody's

The locations in HOLLER show the history of these towns by juxtaposing isolated, decaying buildings and infrastructure with the beauty of the surrounding nature. Additionally, the people that inhabit this part of the country are some of the kindest, most generous and trusting that you will find.

The Grange
The Grange

The film is as much an ode to the people and the spirit of small town Ohio as it is the story of Blaze and Coon.

HOLLER is dedicated to those people and that spirit.

CAST & CREW

NICOLE RIEGEL - Writer/Director/Producer

Nicole Riegel is a former US Army soldier who grew up in Jackson, Ohio. In 2013, Nicole adapted Robert Boswell’s short story, SMOKE, as part of an anthology produced by James Franco as well as wrote her breakthrough script, DOGFIGHT. DOGFIGHT landed on Hollywood’s Blacklist and that same year she adapted the British young adult thriller SLATED for Mary Parent and Prescience. In 2014 she was a Sundance Institute Writing Lab Fellow for her original screenplay, LYNCH. Additionally, Nicole was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film as well as wrote a drama set in Africa for Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment. She is currently writing a war film for Twentieth Century Fox to be directed by Cary Fukunaga and plans to expand HOLLER into a feature.

ADAM COBB – Producer

Adam helps oversee physical production at a top film sales and production company as the Senior Manager of Production. Some of the films he has been involved in include A HAUNTED HOUSE 1 & 2, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS, the upcoming action/thriller COLLIDE starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones and SECRET IN THEIR EYES, written and directed by Billy Ray and starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor. 

BEN SHIELDS CATLIN – Producer

Ben began his career in the entertainment industry working at ICM in the independent film division. After that he joined the newly created Overture Films in 2006 where he worked as an executive in both production and acquisitions departments, and being involved in such projects as THE CRAZIES, TRAITOR, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN and Tom McCarthy’s THE VISITOR. In May of 2015 he moved to Justin Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment where he now helps to run the day-to-day of both the film and TV divisions.

MIKE GIOULAKIS – Director of Photography

Mike has worked on many shorts, commercials and features as Director of Photography. Some of his work includes JOHN DIES AT THE END and the 2015 breakout horror film, IT FOLLOWS. Mike is based in Los Angeles, CA. 

ALAN CANANT – Editor

Alan's work has appeared at several festivals worldwide. Recently, he completed SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and in the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Among his previous credits are HELLION (Sundance, SXSW), The CATECHISM CATACLYSM (Sundance), and the documentary GIRL MODEL (TIFF). Alan is based in Brooklyn, NY.

TYLER THEOFILOS - Composer

Tyler is a musician and screenwriter hailing from Youngstown, OH. He began his career writing music reviews for CMJ, before moving to LA where he studied screenwriting at UCLA. Tyler writes and performs with the musical groups The Depths and Lookalike.

PEANUT EDMONSON – "Coon"

Peanut has been doing professional theatre, commercials and movies since he was 8. Some of the movies he has appeared in include Todd Haynes’ CAROL and THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. He recently completed work on the Mariah Carey directed Hallmark Channel Film, THE CHRISTMAS MELODY. Additionally, Peanut has starred in commercials for Meade® Trapper Keeper®, Morris Home Furniture and Direct TV.    

CODY OPPEL – "Blaze" 

Cody grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Northern Kentucky University. While attending NKU, Cody starred in productions such as LES MISERABLES, TROUBLE WITH THE BOYS, and SCROOGE'S CHRISTMAS. Additionally, Cody has done film work including Versa Media's production of CHEERY POINT and David Garrison's production of THE SPIDER'S WEB: ARCH DEFIANCE. 

ANDREW HERRIAGE – "Hark"

Andrew Herriage was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but has lived the majority of his life in North Eastern Ohio. Upon graduating from the University of Akron, he took a job with Northwestern Mutual Financial before deciding to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. While in LA, Andrew studied acting, had small roles in film and television and was in several theatre productions. It was there that he became the very proud and loving father to his now 4 year old son, Jackson, his pride and joy. Andrew considers this his favorite and best role. 

JERRY LEE TUCKER – "Zeke"

Jerry Lee Tucker was born in Wildfleckin, Germany but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He enlisted in the military at 18, having served in both the US Coast Guard and the US Army and is also a 15 year veteran Sergeant of the Cleveland Police Department and a married father of two. Jerry started acting in 2012 as an extra in the AVENGERS and DRAFT DAY and won Best Male Lead Actor at the Cleveland 48 hr Film Festival. 

Risks and challenges

With the short in the can, we're very excited to move forward and finish HOLLER. Our challenge now comes in meeting the costs we have budgeted for the rest of post production as well as our deadline of completing the short before the end of the year.

To that end, we have a high quality, professional post facility lined up and ready to do the work once we have the funds in place.

This is a story about the forgotten parts of America, and we would love for you to become a part of the HOLLER community by helping us share this story with the world!

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