"Removed" is a feature film written and produced by Portlanders, and funded by you!
“Removed" will implore you to contemplate your conception of right versus wrong. It will make you question what extremes you would go to if your only goal was survival.
“Removed” is the story of Lori and Christopher, a Pacific Northwest couple wanting to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city into the secluded wooded area surrounding Mt. Hood.
The couples' desire to remove themselves from society on a weekend camping trip brings them closer to their animalistic roots than they ever could have imagined. The couple’s romanticized idea of getting away and back to the basics turns into a string of horrific events where they get away from it all, but in all of the wrong ways.
The horror begins when the couple comes into contact with brothers, Arvis and Frank. The brothers' survivalist ways turn the couple’s lives upside down.
Please help us transform Lori and Christopher's nightmare into reality... on the big screen.
MEET THE CAST AND CREW
KEVIN FORREST - Writer/ Director
Kevin Forrest was born in New Orleans and moved to Scotland at age ten. While in Scotland, Kevin learned to edit using two VCRs and a makeshift soundboard. To his parents’ dismay, but along with their loving support, several cameras were obliterated while getting the “perfect shot” during the making of numerous skateboard videos. Lessons learned and six features and multiple music videos worth of experience later, he is now a freelance Director, Cinematographer and independent filmmaker living in Portland, Oregon. Kevin is also co-owner of local film collective, Portland Film Works. In addition to his own and others’ film projects, Kevin assists with video production classes at Portland Community College. Kevin’s recognized ability to create stunning visual images has gained his entry into numerous national film festivals.
ERIN MCGARRY- “Lori”
Erin McGarry has been acting in film, commercials, and television for 12 years. Her favorite feature film experiences have included working with human rights activist, director, and writer Lisa Shannon as well as alongside notable actors and musicians Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer in Matt McCormick's “Some Days are Better than Others.” She has also loved working with directors Chel White in “Bucksville;” Jeff Brooks in “How to Kill your Boss,” Scott Ballard in “A Standing Still” and “Death on a Rock;” and Brian Padian in “The Black Sea.” Another highlight was shooting partially on location in Hawaii with director Marc Steele in his romantic comedy “Future Perfect” which can currently be viewed by the public if you find yourself flying on Hawaiian airlines! Her television experiences include the voice of the Princess in a Hallmark Channel's Halloween special, 5 principle roles on IFC's Portlandia, as well as 2 co-starring roles on TNT's Leverage and NBC's Grimm. She has studied acting in Los Angeles and Portland and is super stoked to be working with Kevin Forrest on his directorial debut “Removed!”
MICHAEL DRAPER - “Christopher”
Michael Joseph Draper is a Pacific Northwest based actor and musician. He studied at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. After graduation, Michael became a founding member of the Seattle based theater group, Implied Violence. For two years he helped create original works that combined elements of theater, performance art, and modern dance. After growing restless in Seattle, he decided to move to Portland, Oregon and turn his attention to his other passion: music. He has been writing, producing, performing, and licensing blue collar rock n'roll primarily with his bands, The Days The Nights and Fortune Club. Michael now resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife and daughter, where he continues to push himself every day to meet creative people and forge new artistic experiences. Whether it’s film, television, the latest web-series, or musical project, Michael will always bring his best and brightest self to the occasion.
DENNIS FITZPATRICK- “Arvis”
Mr. Fitzpatrick’s’ involvement with the performing arts has spanned more than 40 years. He is an actor, voice actor, director, and producer. Dennis works in film, TV, radio and theatre. For several years he was a member of a repertory company in Bucks County, PA., and has since worked in London, San Francisco, Off Broadway and most recently Portland, OR. Although film is his passion, he humbly serves on the board of Portland Actors Ensemble, the longest running free outdoor Shakespeare company in the country.
SCOTT BALLARD- Director of Photography, Producer
Scott Ballard is an award-winning cinematographer and director based in Portland, OR. With over 10 years experience filming narrative features, shorts, documentaries and music videos, his HD, Super 16mm and 35mm works have played in festivals around the world, garnering several awards. He holds an MFA in Film Production from Boston University. Removed will be his 7th feature film as cinematographer.
KELLY MCCRILLIS - Assistant Director, Producer
Kelly Morgan McCrillis was born on July 17th, 1987 in Thousand Oaks, California, United States. His short film “Off Day” played at the A.F.I. Film Festival and his current feature film,“Emily” is scheduled for a 2015 festival run. He is a writer and director, who works in Portland, OR and attended college at Whitworth University, receiving a B.A. in both creative writing and literature.
MOLLY PRESTON - Producer
Molly Preston is a Portland, Oregon based filmmaker, who hails most recently from Appleton, Wisconsin. While in Wisconsin, she studied Film, Music, and Soviet History. Since moving to Portland, she has fully immersed herself into the film community, and is currently working mostly as an editor. She is so excited to be working on her second feature film with a wonderful cast and crew!
Risks and challenges
RISKS? IN A THRILLER? Oh yeah, we can handle those.
As in any independent film, we are making this film with the hope that our vision will not only be original, but marketable as well. Independent films are not promised a distribution budget. This means two things: the initial project is a labor of love, and an immense amount of work will go into promotion and festivals. A challenge we are looking forward to facing is acceptance in film festivals once the project is finished, and finding out whether others love our idea as much as we do. Though it is a challenge, it's one we've all faced and know how to navigate.
One of our biggest challenges at the moment is going to be battling the elements. We will be filming in some of the most beautiful terrain there is, but we will also be carrying thousands of dollars of equipment and battling the weather every step of the way. The PNW is know for it's rainfall, and that is why Hollywood is based in California. But this group of filmmakers is a rag-tag bunch of heroes experienced in filming in anything from sun, to rain, to snow and even windstorms. We will be prepared for anything mother nature sends our way.
That being said, filmmaking comes with it's unique challenges, like any other profession. Be it the corralling of everyone's schedules, location fees, feeding twenty-one people (not-including extras) for 14 days, or making sure we have enough funding left over to get a great composer... we will meet these challenges with our combined experience and drive, delivering a work worthy of your trust.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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