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A scientific comedy about love, mercy, and mysticism.
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What is this film?

A comedy, a drama, a dreamy pastoral--it's a film that bends and blends genres and tones in unique ways. It's got slapstick gags, weird magic, smoldering romance, and tragic moments. Here's what happens:

Ecology graduate students Ian and Albert spend the summer collecting flora and fauna samples with their lonely, off-putting adviser, Dr. Clarence Rumble. At his woodsy cabin, close quarters foster comical friction and unexpected bonds between them. Like ethereal bolts of lighting, three enigmatic, freewheeling backpackers--Rose, Reed, and Iris--crash into their lives. As the backpackers push the men to open up, the mystery of their arrival deepens. Where did they come from? Why are they here? The answers are intertwined with the scientists' transcendent fates.

Production will take place from the end of July to mid-August in and around Morehead, Kentucky. We'll finish post-production in 2019, premiere at a great festival, and get the film as wide a release as possible. If you want films like this to reach audiences like you, supporting this campaign is a vital step toward making that happen.

Why are we making this?

Most of our previous films are pretty dark. After finishing my last film, I wanted to make something light and fun. That started this project on its way. Over the past couple of years, the idea for this film morphed and evolved, growing in depth and complexity. What started as a pure comedy acquired further emotional weight. It became a film about where I'm from--a place of stunning beauty and, for many, a place that encourages them to conceal their true selves. Capturing and dramatizing this duality, finding a way to tell a story that encapsulates and reclaims what a place like eastern Kentucky means--that's the reason we're making this film.

Who are we?

Writer/Director Brandon Colvin (the glowing dork talking to you in the campaign video) has written and directed two feature films, linked here: Frames (2012) and Sabbatical (2014). He founded and programmed the Micro-Wave Cinema Series. He's a native Kentuckian, a film scholar, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Producer/Editor Tony Oswald (the overwhelmingly charismatic dude above) edited and produced Frames and Sabbatical, among many other projects. Also a native Kentuckian, Tony works as a professional editor in New York City and recently made his debut as a writer/director with the celebrated short Great Light (2018).

Our crew includes a great group of creative individuals, including Director of Photography Cody Duncum, Art Director Nora Stone, 1st AD & Assistant Editor Pisie Hochheim, Gaffer Christian Cuévas, 1st AC Brianna Woodruff, Sound Mixer Evan Millard, and Music Supervisor Adam Oelsner

Cast

We could not be more excited to work with our amazing cast to bring this story to life. One of our favorite collaborators, Sabbatical's lead actor and all around indie hero Robert Longstreet, is returning, and will be joined by performers of tremendous dramatic talent and comedic aptitude. I mean, look at these people!

Ian // Zach Weintraub (The International Sign for Choking, A Morning Light)

Albert // Whitmer Thomas (Walking Dead, You're the Worst, Workaholics)

Clarence // Robert Longstreet (Sorry to Bother You, Take Shelter)

Rose // Rachel McKeon (Homemakers, Dry Days, Jessica Jones)

Iris // Rosalie Lowe (For the Plasma, Appropriate Behavior)

More to be announced!

Risks and challenges

Every film is a challenge, filled with uncertainty. Luckily, we are bringing feature film know-how to this project. We've seen films through from beginning to end, and that experience makes us highly qualified to overcome all of the obstacles before us.

The most daunting challenge we face is getting the finished product in front of the audiences who want to see it. We've learned a lot about distribution through our own experiments with self-distribution, but we intend to push this film even harder. We believe it has real potential to connect with a lot of people. Landing distribution is a goal for us, but it's not a guarantee. That's a risk for every independent film.

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    A custom-printed USB 3.0 flash drive containing HD files of A DIM VALLEY, our previous films SABBATICAL, FRAMES, and GREAT LIGHT, as well as commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes material, digitized scripts, production documents, key art files, storyboards + All of the above

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    IT'S IN THE CARDS

    Set of 3 tarot-style cards designed for the film by artist Jenni Dickens and used as key props on-set + Access to private preview screenings of the finished film + One of director Brandon Colvin's favorite books, inscribed to you + All of the above

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    CUSTOM CONSULTATION

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    Director Brandon Colvin and Producer/Editor Tony Oswald will make a personalized 60-second short film FOR YOU, based on your input + All of the above

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