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Afterglow

An Independent Feature Film set in York, PA

Afterglow

An Independent Feature Film set in York, PA

$7,681
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 26 2019 12:44 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 26, 2019

About

Director Mike Gutridge with Director of Photography Morgan Hart, Sound Joe Russo and Trish Mcgee scene 22 "Leigh's Journal"
Director Mike Gutridge with Director of Photography Morgan Hart, Sound Joe Russo and Trish Mcgee scene 22 "Leigh's Journal"

Afterglow explores the possibility of recurring memories caused by reincarnation.  What if a person living now has memories of another life?

This idea was inspired by one of my philosophy classes in which we were exploring the nature of the self. If Leigh has memories of another person is she also that person? And if so, what about all of the emotions that go along with a person’s experiences?  Can emotions such as love transcend existential boundaries? 

Afterglow is not a scary ghost story. Instead, it’s an enquiry into the capacity of an unfiltered neuro-atypical mind.  What if Claire, unencumbered by traditional filters, can see and hear things the rest of us cannot? 

Afterglow depicts concerned parents with opposing views.  A mother’s intuition and a father’s protective nature collide as Katie and Mark discover the truth about Leigh’s motives for coming into their lives.

And finally, the unwitting and cheerful gardener, Alan, has no clue how his life will change when the truth emerges. Alan sleuths his way to finding the only evidence to support Leigh’s memories and his own unresolved feelings.

 The Story

 The Tormented Psychologist

Trish McGee as Leigh
Trish McGee as Leigh

A tormented psychologist Dr. Leigh Fisher has recurring flashbacks from the civil war era – circa 1863. Desperate to understand their meaning, she focuses her research on parapsychology capabilities of autistic adolescents. Despite warnings from the university Dean, “we don’t want this sort of attention,” Leigh presses forward. 

The Gifted Autistic Adolescent


Introducing Caroline Kearns as Claire
Introducing Caroline Kearns as Claire

Claire Watson is having difficulty adjusting to her new home. Ever since they moved in Claire’s conversations with “no one” have increased and become very specific. How could she know so many details about the original owners of the house?

The Concerned Mother

Mary Avgerinos as Katie Watson scene 56 "Leigh, you should go."
Mary Avgerinos as Katie Watson scene 56 "Leigh, you should go."

Call it mother’s intuition or simple observation, Katie believes her daughter Claire is talking to the spirits of the house. She hires Dr. Fisher for the summer to evaluate Claire’s unusual behavior.

The Pragmatic Father

Philippe Kane as Mark scene 56 "Leigh, you should go."
Philippe Kane as Mark scene 56 "Leigh, you should go."

Claire’s father, a successful and pragmatic businessman thinks there’s a much simpler explanation for Claire’s behavior – autistic kids just need time to adjust to new environments. Maybe that’s why he’s so resistant to Leigh’s presence OR maybe it’s something else.

The Struggling Younger Brother

Wyatt Gutridge as Max scene 19 "Ms. Leigh meets Max."
Wyatt Gutridge as Max scene 19 "Ms. Leigh meets Max."

Claire’s younger brother, Max is stuck in the middle of this stressful mess. As if his sister isn’t odd enough, now she appears to be talking to ghosts!  Mom and dad are fighting. Max just wants things to be normal. "Are you gonna fix Claire?"

The Gardener


Rich Henkels as Alan
Rich Henkels as Alan

"He came with the house." Retired financial analyst, Alan has been working in the gardens of the Watson property for several years. Was it a mid-life crisis that led him to a major career change that ultimately destroyed his marriage or was it something more?

THE CONCERNED BEST FRIEND

Robert Godfrey as Eric
Robert Godfrey as Eric

THE TROUBLED HUSBAND 

Ned Walsh as Tom Fisher
Ned Walsh as Tom Fisher

WHAT'S THE MONEY FOR? 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges related to this film are directly related to raising these funds. Although we have a dedicated cast and crew, our capabilities for editing and marketing will be significantly limited without your support.
I've already purchased most of the equipment necessary for filming which began June 22, 2019. Most of the scheduling is set for location, cast and crew availability. We expect filming to be complete by September 2019 and hope to send to post immediately!

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