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After the death of their mother, a young boy and his estranged older sister move to an old farm house and encounter a restless spirit. Read more

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After the death of their mother, a young boy and his estranged older sister move to an old farm house and encounter a restless spirit.

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Draw Down the Moon will be a short horror/drama film about a young boy and his estranged older sister confronted with mortality.  After the death of their mother, they move to an old family farm house for a fresh start.  While coping with their loss and attempting to reconnect, they encounter a spirit that slowly possesses the boy. In the end, the sister must rescue her brother and literally bring him back to life.

The inspiration for the film came in the form the location and the experiences of the people who've set foot there. Gleason Farm is in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and it is home to a farm house of at least 130 years.  The house has a unique look that is best described as beautifully eerie.  Additionally, the land claims a century old graveyard and a Native American burial ground.   

Our goal with this film is to challenge our audience's ideas of the physical world, the metaphysical realm, and the strength of a family bond. Lastly, we will showcase the scenic landscape of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York.

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Bryan Blatt (DIRECTOR, PRODUCER) is a hard working, dedicated professional who produces alternative television for networks like Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and HGTV. He is currently an Associate Producer on A&E's hit show, "Flipping Boston." In his free time, Bryan produces his own shorts, including "The First Stone," which showed in Manhattan, and, most recently, "Potter's Field," starring Academy Award Nominee, Eric Roberts.

Avery Mangahas (WRITER, PRODUCER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is currently a student at Northeastern University in Boston, studying Communications and Cinema Studies. She has written and directed several short films.

Josh Levine (PRODUCER) is a business school graduate from the University of Massachusetts. He has over two years of professional accounting experience and is currently a production crew member on HGTV and A&E reality television series'.

Adam Brown (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) is a cinematographer and Steadicam operator with an early background in art, photography, animation, and digital projection. Adam understands the production environment from concept development all the way through project completion, no matter what the content is being recorded to: from medium format, to 35mm, to 4K. Adam graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Art, focusing on Cinematography, in 2009.

Jessica Ginsberg (PRODUCTION DESIGNER) has worked as a Production Designer for Jose Gonzalez's band "Junip" at their Prospect Park Concert in Brooklyn, NY, and on the short film "Potter's Field." Her artwork has been displayed in New York, Boston, and Hartford, as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada and Florence, Italy.

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