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A tale of torment and teenaged love, powered by witchcraft.
A tale of torment and teenaged love, powered by witchcraft.
106 backers pledged $3,535 to help bring this project to life.

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AND THEN SHE IS THE DARKNESS

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A nerdy outcast whose mom gets critically injured and sinks into a coma. Her step dad moves his daughter into their house and the girls become fast friends. While rooting around in her mom's stuff she finds a book of spells. At first nothing seems to be happening, but then a SPELL WORKS and the girls fall deeply into witchcraft and each other while un-covering the truth about the injury that put her mom in a coma.

Production to take place in late March, post-production in early April.

This project is created by Jennifer Reeder and produced by FOREVERING, her production company, it is part of a monthly initiative lead by Kickstarter devoted to the power of the trailer, to champion short, creative work in film & video. Kickstarter reached out to us and asked, "if you could make a movie trailer for one crazy idea, what would it be?"

For those not familiar with Jennifer Reeder's work, please check out 'A Million Miles Away' which enjoyed it's public launch online in November after a phenomenal festival run including Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Chicago Underground, Winterthur, Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance to name a few. Available to view for free via Short Of The Week: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/11/07/a-million-miles-away/

FOREVERING FILMS TEAM

Jennifer Reeder, Writer/Director: constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The Venice Biennale and The Whitney Biennial. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. She won a Creative Capital Grant in Moving Image in 2015 and short film funding from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation in 2016.

Steven Hudosh, Producer: A multi-faceted creative producer who has worked with Jennifer Reeder regularly since production of her short film 'And I Will Rise If Only to Hold You Down' which was completed in 2011. 

Penelope Bartlett, Producer: currently living in NYC and freelancing with Short of the Week and Vimeo. She has also worked as a short film programmer for Chicago International Film Festival, an associate programmer for Palm Springs International Film Festival, and a short film programming advisor for Aspen Shortsfest and Tribeca Film Festival. She was previously a programmer for the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, and Director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. She studied Film & Television at The University of Glasgow and has served as a panelist and juror at various film festivals. She was an Associate Producer on Jennifer Reeder's Blood Below the Skin (2014), and more recently a producer on Crystal Lake (2015).

Christopher Rejano, Director of Photography: Born and raised in the shadow of Detroit, Christopher Rejano has forged a career in feature film, commercials, and music videos. Versed in early MTV, skateboard videos, and American independent cinema, Rejano’s approach to aesthetic is one influenced by the necessity of proper storytelling and not by the pitfalls of following the latest trends. Recently Rejano had the opportunity to work with acclaimed director Spike Lee as a camera operator on the film Chi-raq and then as the DP for the music video to the lead single from the Chi-raq soundtrack. Also his recent work with Director Jennifer Reeder has amassed a successful and provocative body of work in just a short period of time. Their collaborations have been featured at Sundance and Berlinale and they are set to begin prep for the feature film 'As with Knives and Skin'.

Often cited for a hearty Midwestern work ethic, Rejano challenges himself to shoot as much as possible and as many different kinds of projects because of his belief that as important as consistency is to cinematography, the ability and having the fluidity to adapt is also key. Rejano is a member of International Cinematographers Guild Local 600

Mike Olenick, Editor: makes perverse films focused on desire, reproduction, transformation, memories and outer space. His films have screened around the world, streamed on MUBI, played on Dutch television, and have won awards at the Slamdance Film Festival (Best Experimental Short), Chicago Underground Film Festival (Best Looking Film), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hollywood Underground Film Festival, Cinematexas, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, and Big Muddy Film Festival (Best Experimental Feature). He is also the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Mike has worked as an editor on films directed by Guy Maddin (assistant editor on The Forbidden Room and Keyhole), Michael Robinson, Kelly Reichardt, the Quay Brothers, Lucy Raven, and Sadie Benning. Since 2003 he has edited numerous works for Jennifer Reeder, including A Million Miles Away, Blood Below the Skin, Crystal Lake, and Marietta Brimble.

Mike received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with an emphasis in Photography and a BFA in Media Studies from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Mike also collects vintage clothing and is known for wearing eclectic outfits.
He was a fashion “do” in Vice Magazine and his love of cats has been documented on Buzzfeed.

Mike is currently developing Persistence of Vision, a dark thriller about the unintended consequences resulting from a series of experiments with optics and perception.

Jason Culver, Sound Mixer: a sound mixer and filmmaker living and working in Chicago. Jennifer Reeder has taught him everything that he knows. He also has donated to countless projects on Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

The challenges for this trailer project are the same with building any teaser material for a film. Being able to bring just enough of the compelling content forward without taking away from the film itself. Getting people excited for the idea in just a couple minutes.

Though the biggest challenge is to continue to prove what you all already know... that female filmmakers are deeply invested in and capable of making genre-embracing blockbusters!!

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    Special thanks to you will be chanted toward the wicked west... we'll try to make it loud enough to be heard in the wretched east.

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    Have a spell cast in your honor. (examples: bring my lover back, make irresistible, grow a wart on the nose of the patriarchy, lower my blood pressure, help my urban garden grow.... )

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    Link to the award winning short film 'Blood Below The Skin.'
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    Opportunity to be an extra in the film. Enjoy a day of craft service and casting spells on set with Jennifer Reeder's film crew. Must be able to transport yourself to the set location in the greater Chicagoland area.

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    Send us an image (8"X10" size max) to be used as set decoration in the film. We will print the image, you just need to send us a high resolution digital image. (we reserve the right to edit nudity, profanity, and copyrighted imagery at our discretion... and our discretion usually involves lots of fake blood and/or glitter)

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    Jennifer Reeder comes to your home in the Chicagoland area or via Skype if outside the Chicagoland area to conduct a seance with you and your local coven. (actual communion with the dead not guaranteed)

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