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Beyond The River Bridge - What Happened to Mary Faye Hunter?

"Beyond The River Bridge" - A Feature Film Based on the true story of the 1967 unsolved murder of Mary Faye Hunter in Decatur, AL

Beyond The River Bridge - What Happened to Mary Faye Hunter?

"Beyond The River Bridge" - A Feature Film Based on the true story of the 1967 unsolved murder of Mary Faye Hunter in Decatur, AL

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"Beyond The River Bridge" is based on the unsolved murder of Mary Faye Hunter. This is a true story that took place in Decatur, Alabama in May of 1967 when Mary Faye went missing. Her remains were found by two children 5 months later. For 50 years her murder went unsolved, until now. This is the most famous and notorious unsolved murder case in Alabama history. Motivated by my grade school friend, Brad Golson, I decided to write a screenplay about this and he launched his own investigation into her death around December 2017. Since then, not only have we solved the case beyond a reasonable doubt, but we have uncovered a local conspiracy to conceal the truth about her death and those surrounding it. 

Newspaper article when Mary Faye was found in October of 1967

Also I have been motivated to return to film-making. When I was a teen my father, Dr. James W. Hunter produced two movies for me. The movies are available to watch for free on youtube.  Visit us on YouTube  

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I have been working in film for almost 30 years. You see, Mary Faye was also my dad's sister. Please help us bring justice to Mary Faye by getting this film produced. Our hope is that through this film, we may spark renewed interest locally that might put pressure on the local government to close her case once and for all and give this closure. The local D.A. has refused to release any information to me, her only living relative interested in the case. They are withholding the autopsy report. They have shown no interest in our new evidence. You are not only producing a good quality film here, but you are also demanding justice with your support. 

My father (left) and Mary Faye (right) circa 1955

This film will be a period piece, set in the early stages of Mary Faye Hunter's life beginning in 1954. The film with span the two decades preceding her murder, and will also follow her brother Jimmy's life. Our goal is to create an immersive experience to transport audiences back to the past, in search of the truth. The film will be a love letter to the 50's and 60's, and we plan on paying attention to every detail in order to keep the movie authentic to the period.  

Newspaper clipping of the late Bob Hancock, the lead investigator. We interviewed him before his death this year.

Depending on our budget and needs, I plan to shoot the film digitally with possibly some 16mm and 8mm footage thrown in for authenticity. I will be able to pool my old resources in order to keep costs down and work faster. We expect a 30 - 60 day shoot with locations in Alabama and Tennessee. Possibly Georgia and California also. I would like Julia Garner (Ruth from Ozark) to play Mary Faye due to their uncanny resemblance. I am very serious about this project. 

Mary Faye (left) Julia Garner (right)

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us at 3412timberway@gmail.com for more information. Please share this Kickstarter page as much as possible. Thanks so much.  For more details about Mary Faye's mystery go to Facebook Mary Faye  and  Facebook Group Mary Faye  

Risks and challenges

I am the type of filmmaker that likes to work with the same people. So it will be cost efficient in that respect. However, "Beyond The River Bridge" is a period film set in the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's. So the set decoration and costumes must reflect those time periods. This can become costly. In addition, I would like Julia Garner (Ruth in Ozark) to play Mary Faye, and her salary as well as any other big name actors salary can be steep. I'll make the movie without them if I have to, but having popular names attached to my project increases the chances of success.

Rest assured, every dime sent to us will be used to produce this film with a guarantee of completion by the end of 2020. I set our goal here at $35,000 but in reality that's not even a third of what we need to make this film great. I think a budget of $300,000 is optimum. Anything helps.

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