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Murder & betrayal behind the scenes of a small San Diego theatre production of Macbeth! A feature film by writer/director Jesse Keller.
Murder & betrayal behind the scenes of a small San Diego theatre production of Macbeth! A feature film by writer/director Jesse Keller.
160 backers pledged $25,000 to help bring this project to life.

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TIME TO MAKE A MOVIE!

Thanks to everyone who made our Kickstarter campaign a success, and made our film possible! We're geared up and ready to start shooting on August 4th. To follow the progress from here on out, check out our website:

http://ThaneOfEastCounty.com

THE STORY

Thane of East County is a feature-length film; a dark, bloody little thriller set behind the scenes of a small theatre production of Macbeth. A cheating romance turns to murder as the lives of the actors slowly begin to merge with those of the characters in Shakespeare's play. 

THE STYLE

We're shooting in glorious black and white, inspired in part by classic Film Noir and in part by modern low-budget indie films from the 80s and 90s like PI, FOLLOWING, and STRANGER THAN PARADISE. As the action progresses, the film gets darker and more surreal, as reality begins to bend and eventually break apart.

THE CAST

We're really lucky to have two great lead actors onboard for our film - Carr Cavender and Molly Beucher.

THE CREW

Chris Cashman - Producer

Annie Willett - Producer

Nate Elegino - Cinematographer

Nick Mansfield - Production Designer

Andy Trimlett - Special Effects Coordinator

Risks and challenges

The key risk, I suppose, would be that we would make a crappy movie. We're working on a budget that is a fraction - a fraction of a fraction! - of what a Hollywood film costs.

The way we're going to avoid making a crappy movie is by bringing on a team of people who are willing to give up several weeks of their lives for little or no pay because they believe in this script, and in our ability to turn it into something great.

We're embracing our limitations and turning them into strengths, just like those great indie films of the 80s and 90s did. We keep the story small and contained - but contained like a pressure cooker. We embrace the look and feel of gritty black-and-white. We focus on telling a great story rather than flashy effects.

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    SIGNED COPY OF MACBETH :: Not signed by Shakespeare, unfortunately, but the next best thing; you get a copy of the stage play Macbeth - one actually used as a prop in the film - signed by the cast and crew.

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