Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 28, 2011.


When a dark stranger checks into a motel in American Falls, Idaho, a curious 13 year old girl attempts to solve the mystery of the man.


A short film shooting in August of 2011

Directed by Be’ Garrett
Produced by Erika Hampson, Windi See Vianello, Be’ Garrett and Josh Liveright
Written by Be’ Garrett & Josh Liveright

Based on the story by Barry Gifford

In a rural town in southern Idaho a Japanese-American family owns and operates a small motel. The year is 1965, the height of the Civil Rights Era. One night a stranger sporting ‘city’ clothes checks in, the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko, Toru’s precocious 13 year old daughter, takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of this man, especially after two detectives come knocking on their door in the middle of the night.

Cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Denis O'Hare and Curtiss Cook

Casting Director, Judy Bowman
Director of Photography, Quenell Jones
Production Designer, Adam Brustein
Set Decorator, Nicole Duryea
Location Manager, Mark O’Brien
Costume Designer, Ingrid Price
Storyboards, Shane Ingersoll

We need your help to make this film. All your contributions are 100 percent tax-deductible thanks to our 501c3 umbrella organization, Zena Group.

We will give you a credit in the titles for the following suggested donation amounts:

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$500 or more – Special Thanks (end of credits)
$500 or less – Thanks (end of credits)

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