Project of the Day: Film Critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s First Film

Project of the Day: Film Critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky's First Film

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Ellie Lumme

Tweetable Logline:

A ghost story without a ghost.

Elevator Pitch:

“Ellie Lumme” is a ghost story without a ghost, which essentially
means that it’s a drama that deals with the sorts of themes that
supernatural fiction deals with. There are some funny parts, because
writing and rehearsing serious dialogue gets boring after a while. It
contains a lot of flowers, hands, dolly shots, and only one zoom. It’s
in color, just like real life. Also, like real life, it’s full of people
doing stuff out of spite and saying things that they don’t mean.

Production Team:

Written & Directed by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Produced by Stephen Cone, Theresa Vishnevetskaya, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Photographed by Cory Popp
Sound by Stephen Lynch
Edited by Shane Simmons
Production Design & Costuming by Theresa Vishnevetskaya
Music by Jacob Trombetta

Cast: Allison Torem, Stephen Cone, Mallory Nees, Hillary Clemens

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Writer / Director / Producer) is a film critic
whose writing has appeared in Mubi Notebook, the Chicago Reader,, the AV Club, and a lot of other places. He co-hosted the
PBS show Ebert Presents At the Movies with Christy Lemire. He
previously directed the short documentary “Jonathan Rosenbaum, Present”.

Allison Torem (Actor) previously acted in producer / co-star Stephen
Cone’s 2011 feature “The Wise Kids”. She has appeared on stage at the
Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, and Profiles theatres, and was nominated for a
2010 Jeff Award for her performance in Lookingglass’ production of

Stephen Cone (Actor / Producer) is the writer / director of “The Wise
Kids”, “In Memoriam”, and the upcoming “Black Box”. He is also a theater
actor and director, and was named one of Hot New Faces of the Chicago
Stage by the Chicago Tribune in 2011.

About the Production:

“The project came out of a desire to work with actors. I’d loved Allison
Torem and Stephen Cone’s performances in “The Wise Kids”, and I’d been
itching to make something with Mallory Nees for years.

“I was reading a lot of 19th century supernatural fiction — Le Fanu,
M.R. James, that kind of stuff — at the time; “Ellie Lumme” grew out of
that. It’s not by any means a realistic movie, but it (hopefully)
expresses something that I think is true about people and the way they
relate to one another.” — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Current Status:


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Doug Bruner

This is the kind of story I enjoy. It has a spooky dark element that pulls you into the unknown. The teaser brought back memories of the Nicole Kidman film "The Others." Oh,yeah! It is the kind of movie I want to see and will be looking for it when it gets released! Lots of luck to you Ignatiy!

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