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SHORT FILM – Psychological Drama – Screen Actors Guild – Expected Release Date: 2014

A young woman is kidnapped by a serial killer -- only on the day of her intended death, fate shifts and the killer accidentally dies, leaving the girl trapped in his basement. 

This short horror film, written by lead actress Kt Baldassaro, explores the extent of our own inner monsters. Set around one character and a single location, it is the story of a young surgery intern, Susan Larch, a woman so jaded by her unbridled success in the world that she naively overestimates her own importance in it. A haunting and emotional struggle between a desire to be saved and the knowledge that only you can save yourself, Girl in the Basement asks, “What would you really do to survive?” It juxtaposes poignant vignettes with disturbing acts of violence, showing audiences a psychological drama so disturbing and memorable that they will forget that they have seen no zombies, no vampires, no inbred backwoods cannibals, no desperate flights in terror from an unknown killer. The monster is you. 

 “We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.” --Douglas Preston, Il Monstro di Firenze [The Monster of Florence]. 

CAST AND CREW

Girl in the Basement is the collaborative effort of acclaimed Western Massachusetts filmmaker Jared Skolnick, pop tour-de-force and composer Lorrie Doriza of Vespertina, and independent actress and screenwriter Kt Baldassaro, paired with the special effects prowess of Alex Squiers -- all under the hilarious and skilled guidance of producer Robert Savage.

JARED SKOLNICK (DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER) was born in Feeding Hills, MA where he developed a love of film and filmmaking from an early age, poring over books on famous directors while the other kids were playing soccer. He attended the Williston Northampton High School, and his efforts as a senior created a film program in the curriculum that is growing to this day. A graduate of Fairfield University, his thesis film, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's The Music of Erich Zann, has screened in 16 international film festivals, winning awards in the process. His most recent film, the surreal horror short The Earth Rejects Him has entered the festival circuit and is available for online viewing. He wishes to have others feel the joy and love that he has for film, even if it involves yelling at them for a while about it. http://www.skolnickfilms.com/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3487720/ 

KT BALDASSARO (WRITER/ACTRESS) is an actress, writer (duh), model, fencer, and knitwear designer living in Western Massachusetts. (Yes, she is dressed as Gozer the Gozerian.) You may know her from her independent film work, her modeling career, knitting stores, season 6 & 7 of Knitting Daily TV, or high school.. maybe you met at the Whole Foods once. All you need to know about her is her one simple goal: to somehow combine a love of hating zombies with a love of yarn in a way that maims the fewest people. www.zombie-hunter.com  www.imdb.com/name/nm3539674/

LORRIE DORIZA (COMPOSER) is a singer, pianist and composer from New York. Though she has scored various projects, from animations to film trailers, she is best known for her work with the trip-hop group Vespertina, a collaboration with acclaimed hip hop producer Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks. She is currently working on a few musical projects while living abroad in Japan as well as providing the score for the film Girl in the Basement, inspired by her composition of the same name. www.vespertinamusic.com lorriedoriza.bandcamp.com 

ROBERT SAVAGE (PRODUCER) received his training in Audio and Visual Production at Holyoke Community College and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting where he discovered he had a face for radio. Robert's goal in each of these adventures is to entertain. As long as someone somewhere was entertained, then it was worth doing. “In it for the love of Rock n' Roll,” a stolen quote by a forgotten author, is the line Robert uses to explain why he uses all of his precious vacation time on film projects. Co-founder of Dead Henchmen Productions, Robert strives to be involved in as many locally-made productions as he can, because “it's all so much 'fun'.” http://deadhenchmen.com/ 

ALEX SQUIERS (MAKEUP DESIGNS AND SPECIAL EFFECTS) is from Enfield, Connecticut and started dabbling in makeup while working in a Halloween retail store. He is now a 10-year Make-Up Artist veteran for Six Flags New England's Halloween and FrightFest attractions. Being self-taught and also learning from peers and those around him has led to work on two local feature-length films, a six-part web series, and an internationally-screened and award-winning short film. 

Poster designed by Western Massachusetts graphic designer Aaron Wood. (When he’s not creating artwork that has a social media or pop culture angle to it, he’s probably trying to cook up a plot to score some lobster. -Click on the poster above to see more of his fabulous work.-)

All inquiries about Girl in the Basement should be sent to: 

Kt Baldassaro - GirlintheBasement@gmail.com  

Our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/GirlInTheBasement

Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/FearIsBeneathMe

And Instagram: @GirlintheBasement

Risks and challenges

We're a small group, and in being small, we run the risk of losing momentum and letting the project fester. But we're small not because of necessity, but because we believe we've found a way to streamline the process of producing a short film on an exceptionally small budget. Girl in the Basement is primarily set with a single actor and a single location. We hope that this will not only cut down on costs, but cut down on filming time.

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    Since a pledge of $100 is quite the commitment to making sure this movie gets made, we're committed to making sure it gets seen--by YOU! Every $100 pledge comes with a free ticket to the film premiere. (Location TBD, but it will be in the Western MA region. Sorry travel is not included!!) Also included: A personal thank you email from writer/actress Kt Baldassaro, **a SIGNED COPY of the album 'The Waiting Wolf' featuring the song from our trailer- "Girl in the Basement" by Lorrie Doriza/ Vespertina**, a "Thinking of You" live tweet/ facebook post from set, and a "Thank You to" mention at the end of the film.

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    well, every pledge of $125 comes with a DVD copy of the film once it becomes available (within a year of the film premiere). Also included in this package: **a SIGNED COPY of the album 'The Waiting Wolf' featuring the song from our trailer- "Girl in the Basement" by Lorrie Doriza/ Vespertina**, a "Thank You to" mention at the end of the film, a "Thinking of You" live tweet/ facebook post from set, and a postcard featuring an image from the film signed by the cast and crew.

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    We only have a few of these ones to give away, but, every pledge of $150 gets their own unique special effects prosthetic made by FX artist Alex Squiers and used on set on actress Kt Baldassaro during the film. Each latex piece comes with a letter of authenticity and the signature of both Mr. Squiers and Ms. Baldassaro.
    Each $150 pledge will also receive a DVD copy of the film once it becomes available (within a year of the film premiere). Also included in this package: **a SIGNED COPY of the album 'The Waiting Wolf' featuring the song from our trailer- "Girl in the Basement" by Lorrie Doriza/ Vespertina**, a "Thank You to" mention at the end of the film, a "Thinking of You" live tweet/ facebook post from set, and a postcard featuring an image from the film signed by the cast and crew.

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    Everything? EVERYTHING.
    Every $500 pledge comes with everything listed above:
    a personal thank you email from writer/actress Kt Baldassaro,
    **a SIGNED COPY of the album 'The Waiting Wolf' featuring the song from our trailer- "Girl in the Basement" by Lorrie Doriza/ Vespertina**,
    a "Thank You to" mention a the end of the film
    a postcard featuring image from the film signed by cast and crew,
    a "Thinking of You" live image tweet/facebook post from set,
    a ticket to the premiere of the film in Western Mass,
    and a dvd copy of the film.

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