City of Salt: A Murder Mystery With A Greater Purpose
A movie that speaks up for the LGBT community and addresses other issues such as teen suicide and opioid addiction.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, March 21 2019 1:54 PM UTC +00:00.
What is the film about?
City of Salt is a murder mystery feature-film about a popular high school girl who goes missing in the midst of her father‘s political campaign. Authorities and those close to her attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding her disappearance from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Why do we want to make this film?
City of Salt is not just a murder mystery film; it’s so much more. This film is all about impacting positive social change. The story speaks up for the LGBTQ community while addressing many other issues we have going on today, such as gun violence, opioid addiction, suicide/mental illness, and other cultural issues. It is so important that we talk about these issues and make a positive social change through narrative and cinema.
Where is the money going?
The director and producers are so passionate about this story, that they have put up their own money and resources to make this film happen. However, there are so many costs associated with making a film and as for any project, the more funding we can put into it, the higher quality of a film we will be able to produce. Many of our cast & crew are working pro bono to get this story told, but there are many other expenses like sound/lighting equipment rental, props, location, film festival submission fees, feeding the cast/crew, etc (the list goes on and on). With your help and generosity, we will be able to get this story out there so hopefully it will help give a voice to those who are affected by these cultural issues every day.
Meet the cast:
Lauren Catherine has been acting since she was a child. Starting at a very young age, Lauren developed a passion for the spotlight. She has grownup in community theater playing a variety of roles and is currently heavily involved in her school theater program. Lauren is constantly honing her acting skill set with character classes, vocal lessons and more recently, planning to co-direct a local play this Summer. Lauren is excited to be apart of City of Salt as Theo.
Stacylyn Bennett is an American actress that deftly moves between comedy and drama. She's played a wide variety of characters, from the girl next door to violent drug addict, and from terrified victim to warrior woman. She brings a sincerity, realness, humor, and warmth that is always hinting at much more beneath the surface. Next up, she will be appearing as Sandy The Bully in the popular Disney TV show Andi Mack, as well as Sherry The Inventor in the new comedic webseries The IP Section. Other upcoming film appearances include a horror film by Jim Cummings titled The Werewolf, and a new starring tour-de-force role as Maggie in the new short film (temporarily titled Even Into Darkness) about an severe alcoholic struggling to save her family. Past film appearances include Hey Brooklyn (winner of Best Film–Audience Choice, 2018 LDS Film Festival), Unexpected Race (starring Jack Black, and winner at the 2019 Scorpiousfest) and The Loner (part of the award- winning WROL series now on Amazon.com). Stacylyn Bennett currently lives in Utah and is represented by TMG - Talent Management Group.
Jake Ulasich is a Salt Lake City-based actor. He grew up near Minneapolis, Minnesota, doing theater and music. He went to school in Chicago, IL. Jake has appeared in many short and feature length films including “Love Everlasting”, “Out of Liberty” and “Interrogation”. He met his wife in Mozambique, where they volunteered at the same orphanage. They now live together with their two children. Jake plays the guitar and drums, he also works in film editing.
Claressa Swensen is an American actor, director, producer, and a multi published author. Claressa is best known for her children‘s books, but has found a strong passion in filmmaking and acting. When she isn’t creating something, she is raising her little girl, traveling or meeting new people. Claressa is not only playing the role of Pamela, but is also an executive producer for this film. City of Salt will be Claressa’s first feature film and she is excited to play a part in telling this important story.
Rocky Anderson, a well known human rights activist and supporter of social change at a grass-roots level, is known for his acting on Vengeance (2006), Citizen Rocky (2018), A Soldier’s Peace (2008), and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. He is excited to act in City of Salt to help make change through narrative and film.
Jim Dabakis, a well-known supporter of the LGBTQ community in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the co-founder of Equality Utah and Utah Pride. Additionally, he is known for his acting in Quiet Heroes (2018). He is openly LGBTQ and looks forward to acting in a film that supports the community.
Meet the directors:
Alicia Oberle Farmer has been in the entertainment industry since she was 11 years old. In 2009, her passion for filmmaking began on the set of The Cell 2. In 2016, she founded the film production company Zepstone Media. Since then, Zepstone has won multiple awards, including Audience Choice, Best FX, Best Sound, Best Use of Props. More awards are pending with multiple nominations currently. Alicia’s partner and husband John D. Farmer convinced her to try screen writing in 2017, since she was an English major and loved writing for her PhD in Innovative Education. City of Salt is Alicia’s feature-length screenwriting and directorial debut. She is looking forward to writing and directing on a feature-length scale. Zepstone Media is all about impacting positive social change, and City of Salt is one example of how Alicia and John plan to make a difference and catalyze change.
John D. Farmer is an award winning director and is known for his work on Attollo (2018) and Quaestio (2018). In addition to his work in independent films, he has also been in the music and entertainment industry for almost 30 years, having founded several independent and local radio stations in 2008. In July of 2018, John won multiple awards at the 48 Hour Film OUT Festival for Quaestio (2018), Audience Choice Award and Best Use of Prop Award. John is the Co-Director for City of Salt and is excited to produce a movie as groundbreaking as City of Salt.
Directors‘ previous film acheivements and awards:
Audience Choice, Best of SLC (Finalist), Best Use of Prop, Best Special FX, Best Behind the Scenes and Best Sound Design.
48 Hour Film Festival, 48 Hour Film OUT Festival, Damn These Heels, LGBTQ Film Festival/Pride of Southern Utah, Genderevolution/ Utah Pride Center and The Block Logan Film Festival.
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Risks and challenges
We understand that making a film is extremely challenging (as the directors and producers have all produced films of their own). However, with a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to get everything we need to take this film through production and get it in front of the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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