This is a Short film. It is about greed and its power over men. The setting is eastern Tennessee in the year 1833.
THE ACCOUNT OF GOLD AND MEN AT COKER CREEKWhen Skinny Jim is found dead beside the Coker Creek trail there is one detail that doesn't add up.
His eyes. White as pearls. As if his soul was stole straight out of his flesh.
The assembled roughnecks turn to a false minister in an effort to claim the shelter of the Lord as more men turn up dead.
JOHN BRIDGE alone rejects this spiritual straw grasp, favoring his rifle and wits to take care of he and his plot.
What follows is a tense downward spiral as the men of the camp and some nameless, present evil descend upon Bridge.
This is a film concerned with both greed and spirituality. I like to think of it as a cross between Kubrick's The Shining & Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James.
It starts slow, picks up, and then hurtles to the finish line.
There is to me something about filmmaking that is unlike any other creative outlet I've ever come across. Collaborating to make a story come to life with moving images & music is what I've more or less given my life to. I think the collaboration is what makes it so unique. It's a process I love.
The group of people coming together for this project is one of the most exciting things about it. We've got some crazy talented people on board.
The film is supported by Nashville based production company, Nomadic Independence Pictures, who's films have screened at Sundance, Rotterdam, SXSW, CPH:PIX, Sarasota, HotDocs, and more... http://nomadicindependence.com/
The Director of Photography is one of the rising stars in the Nashville production scene. His eye for a scene is both exciting and thoughtful, a rare quality. https://vimeo.com/21078897
Then we come to the acting, Michael Abbot Jr. bowled me over with his portrayal as head of the Hayes brothers in Jeff Nichols Shotgun Stories. It's up there with some of the best movies I have seen in the last couple years. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2534638/
Jessejames Locorriere is someone I can't wait to work with. He has an energy that just seems to seethe right under the surface. He's a veteran of the theater and has appeared in over 50 theatrical productions. Seeing him square off with Michael is going to be damn exciting. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0517028/
So we've put together a great team, and more will be coming onboard in the next month so keep in tune as we move forward. This is going to be a crazy, complex, exciting ride and I hope you all want come with. It won't disappoint.
cheers - Ryan Newman
(And a big thanks to my friends David Mcmillin & Mark Bates for the music in the trailer. Dave wrote the tune that underscores the footage from Coker Creek, and Mark wrote the music under my on cam. Talented, talented guys.)
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