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Project of the Day: ‘Welcome to Leith’

Project of the Day: 'Welcome to Leith'

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“Welcome to Leith”

Tweetable Logline: WELCOME TO LEITH is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted
takeover of a small town in North Dakota by white separatists..

Elevator Pitch: WELCOME TO LEITH offers a glimpse into a town struggling for sovereignty
against one man’s extremist vision. Filmed from both sides during an 8
month period documenting a white separatist’s arrest for terrorizing the
townspeople on an armed patrol and his subsequent release from jail six
months later, WELCOME TO LEITH is an eerie document of American DIY
ideals played out in one of the most under populated states in the
nation. That it takes place in the shadow of the biggest oil boom in
North Dakota’s history makes the film a complex study exploring
unforeseen causes and effects.

Production Team:

Michael Beach Nichols (Director/Producer/Cinematographer) is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. His 2013 feature documentary “Flex Is Kings” (Director/Producer/Cinematographer)
was partially funded by two successful Kickstarter campaigns and had
the honor of opening the Viewpoints section of the 2013 Tribeca Film
Festival. Prior to that, he was part of the Peabody
Award-Winning producing team and editorial staff behind Sundance’s
“Brick City.”

Christopher K. Walker (Director/Producer/Editor) has edited and produced
award-winning feature and short documentaries which have aired on HBO
and screened at film festivals world-wide. Before working with Michael
Beach Nichols on “Flex Is Kings” (Editor/Producer), he edited Triangle:
Remembering the Fire, a short documentary memorializing the men and
women who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911,
which aired in March 2011 on HBO and won the prestigious Columbia duPont
Award for excellence in journalism.

About the Production: We approached the project in many ways as a documentary version of a
horror film – everyone was scared and confused and felt as if one wrong
move could end in violence. The tension was palpable. We aimed to
capture the sense of fear and isolation that residents living in a town
of 24 people 70 miles from anything experienced when the takeover plans
became public. And we tried to get inside the separatists’ heads, too –
really, to show both sides and attempt to objectively capture a very
strange and scary moment in time. — Michael Beach Nichols.

Current Status:
The film is mostly shot and now we’re fundraising in order to start editing. Our goal is to submit to festivals in the fall.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page


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