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HUNT examines a slice of Diana’s (un)life that aims to critique the gendered power structures in narrative film.
HUNT examines a slice of Diana’s (un)life that aims to critique the gendered power structures in narrative film.
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HUNT is funded! Thanks to you, making this movie has gone from dream to reality. But making the movie is just the first step. We want HUNT to become part of a larger conversation about the roles available to women in film - particularly the ways in which powerful female characters are often stripped of agency or relegated to romantic interest by the time credits roll. The only way to join that conversation is to ensure that HUNT has as wide an audience as possible, and that means FESTIVALS - and entry fees.

Join the conversation and help us push back against the dismal status quo for female characters and women in film. Help Diana have a life long after the camera stops rolling.

More rewards! 

  • REACHED! Everyone gets stickers! If we reach $1200, there will be custom HUNT stickers (design TBA) for everyone who has donated! 
  • REACHED! Shirt raffle! If we reach $1500, we will raffle one custom HUNT t-shirt (design TBA)! Anyone who has donated $10 or more could be the winner and receive the exclusive shirt, along with the DVD or Blu-ray, a signed screenplay by Sarah and signed storyboard by Sean, a signed HUNT poster, and a signed copy of the HUNT production book!

The Story:

The body of a woman lies on a stony beach, lapped gently by the waves, a city skyline in the distance. In any standard procedural, she is an object. The catalyst for someone else's story. Not this time. 

The “dead” woman gets up and walks away. Her story isn’t over – it’s just beginning.

HUNT follows Diana as she pulls a piece of rebar from her body and makes her way back into the city. She knows where she’s going. She’s in control. What she sees – what she looks for – reveals her interest: men who treat women badly. Diana is hunting.

Why this story?

HUNT aims to critique the usual narrative of female victimhood. The opening shot is unsettling because audience perceptions (with CSI/SVU baggage) will immediately construct Diana as an object – not the protagonist of this story, but its subject. When Diana gets up, she flips the script, reclaiming her agency from the audience and driving the direction of the story that follows.

It is deliberately unsettling on another level as well. The audience was not wrong when they perceived Diana as dead. This introduces a paranormal element to the short that will be left strategically ambiguous. She refuses food from a young mother; at the end, she kills with her teeth, not a weapon. What kind of monster is she? Zombie, vampire, demon – this unanswered question is one we hope to explore further in a feature version down the line, that will unpack Diana’s origins and destiny. For now HUNT examines a slice of Diana’s (un)life that critiques the gendered power structures inherent in narrative film.

Potential Scene Location
Potential Scene Location

Why Donate?

Sarah and Sean are incredibly passionate about HUNT. For Sarah, HUNT will be her first produced screenplay; she’ll be able to show this film and the various screenplays and pilots she’s written as proof of her talent. For Sean, HUNT is the first real film he’s made since his undergraduate thesis, ILLEGAL (which went on to play at multiple film festivals and screen for the The American Immigration Lawyers Association), and his first big project for the MFA at Emerson College. It’s an opportunity to grow and evolve as a filmmaker and visual storyteller. HUNT will become a calling card for both Sean and Sarah. Because the film is so close to us, both personally and professionally, we want to make it special. 

Goal ($1000)

Determining our budget has been a balance between our desire to produce the film for as little as possible, while still taking care of the people who are making it possible. As you can see, the majority will be dedicated towards pay for the cast and crew, travel reimbursement, and food for the four day shoot. The rest will go to equipment and wardrobe, with a cushion for any last-minute emergencies. We believe that the talented individuals dedicating their time to this project deserve to be compensated for their expertise; since that can be a rare phenomenon, we greatly appreciate the support that will make it possible. 

We are seeking to raise funds for the pre-production and production of HUNT, but as you can see from the pie chart above, HUNT's needs will exceed this goal for the finished project to reach wider audiences. Festival entry fees aren't cheap! If we are lucky enough to raise more than our goal, the remaining funds will allow us to enter HUNT in prestigious international festivals - an amazing opportunity for everyone involved. 

The Filmmakers:

Sarah Wisner (writer/producer) is a recent MFA screenwriting graduate from Boston University. As an undergraduate she minored in the study of Women and Gender, and the sensibilities of queer theory and third wave feminism have infused her creative work ever since. She has written several narrative feature films, shorts, and spec television episodes, widely featuring female protagonists; this will be her first produced piece.

Sean Temple (director/editor) is an MFA Film Production student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. As an undergraduate he minored in Sociology, which sparked a passion for social justice. He strives to tell stories about under represented characters that create awareness, critique injustice and subvert negative stereotypes. He has written and directed several short films that have screened in numerous film festivals. Below is an example of his previous work:

Amy Obarski (cinematographer) is a freelance cinematographer whose work includes a number of cinematic mediums including short and feature-length documentaries, short fictions, web series and music videos. Her work has been featured in numerous festivals, the most recent being the 2013 Toronto LGBT film festival. Amy is a graduate of Ithaca College's Park School of Communications and she currently lives in New York City. Below is her Cinematography reel:

Mattia C. Maurée (composer) is a multi-faceted composer that focuses on large-form classical works, and is equally comfortable writing pop/folk, hip hop, and jazz. Her freelance writing ranges from radio to video games. Recent performances include the competition-winning Smackity Bang Bang, by the two-piano, two-percussion ensemble 4racas and String Quartet Number One in Jordan Hall. Below is Entrada, an excerpt from String Quartet Number One. Visit her SoundCloud to listen to the rest of String Quartet Number One

Cast:

Dora Winifred (Diana)

Dora Winifred is an actress, poet, and model. Her works include commercials, major studio and independent works of diverse genres. Her recent credits include The Newsroom, Bjorn, and Black Mass. She will also appear in the Emmy award winning show The Folklorist and the soon to be released film, The Equalizer.

Sean Murphey (Alex)

Sean Murphy is a graduate of Emerson College, where he earned a degree in Visual Media Arts with a concentration in Film Production. In the course of his ten-year exposure, he has gained experience as Production Designer, Producer, and Director of Photography. A Boston native, Sean has been actively involved in the New England film-acting scene since 2012, when he made the decision to try his hand at work in front of the camera. He has earned multiple leading roles in various independent productions and has studied film / television performance and improvisation at both Emerson College and the Media Performance Institute in Boston. Sean currently lives in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of his hometown. He enjoys writing, theater, sketching, interior design, and relieving all that stress at the gym or on his bike! Learn more about Sean Murphy at www.facebook.com/seanmurphyactor

Amanda Good Hennessey (Margaret)

Amanda Good Hennessey is an actress, writer and producer. Her recent credits include: The Heat, The Makeover and Rubberneck. The feature Off Season, where she plays a farmer’s wife with a few too many skeletons in her closet, is currently in post-production. She will also appear in HBO’s upcoming Olive Kitteridge. Amanda acted in, co-wrote and produced the award-winning short The Oblique Sector, which played the festival circuit. She has also acted in commercials, industrials and on stage. www.amandagoodhennessey.com

Art Hennessey (Greg)

Art Hennessey is thrilled to be part of the cast of HUNT! Art is an award-winning playwright, and director. He has appeared on stage and in many commercials and films. He recently played 13 different roles including Superman, Wolverine, She-Hulk in the hit play THE SUPERHEROINE MONOLOGUES, a co-production by Phoenix Theatre Artists and Company One. Other recent roles had him as an auto mechanic who starts wearing a skirt in solidarity with his transvestite son in Gary Garrison's play SKIRTING THE ISSUE and as a public transit passenger who witnesses a lover's quarrel between two gay dolphins in Rick Park's PLEASE REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. Every October, Art performs his acclaimed one man show TALES AND ALES in Salem, MA. As a writer he has been nominated twice for Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England and his short play TRUMPETER won numerous awards. Art is a founding member of Albion Park Productions, a film production company. Albion Park's first short film, THE OBLIQUE SECTOR, premiered at the Nantucket Film Festival and played widely on the festival circuit, including winning a Best Short Film award. Art co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Amanda Good Hennessey who also starred in the film. Art has co-written a feature length screenplay, GIRLS GETAWAY, which Albion Park will produce in 2015. http://www.arthennessey.com/

Hadley Price (Lily)

Hadley Price is an undergraduate and aspiring actress and filmmaker. Born and raised in Boston, she decided to stay in in the city to study Film and Television at Boston University, where she’s also pursuing a minor in Business. She appeared as the character “Lynn” in the Emerson graduate student short titled AN AFFAIR directed by Sean Temple. She’ll graduate in 2016 and plans to continue pursuing a career in film, television and theater. 

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges will be finding an actor that can play Diana; if she isn’t believable the whole film falls apart. We will be conducting intensive casting to find an individual that can not only collaborate on an artistic level, but also has an intrinsic understanding of Diana herself.

Much of our shoot will take place in public and on-the-fly. We are scouting potential locations thoroughly, but complications are essentially inevitable. Having back-up locations in mind - and the ability to pack up and re-set quickly - will allow us to be flexible as needed.

Our timeframe for funding and shooting is fairly tight. We will be prioritizing efficiency in our production - meaning that the rewards offered will come mainly after shooting has wrapped. We ask you to be patient with us, and know that rewards will be our next top priority!

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