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Entering Adulthood Through a Ritualistic Deer Hunt in ‘Cold November’

Entering Adulthood Through a Ritualistic Deer Hunt in 'Cold November'



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Cold November

Logline: Haunted by the past, 12-year-old Florence is initiated into her future through a traditional, pragmatic death ritual.

Elevator Pitch: 
A 12-year-old girl being raised within a matriarchal household is taken through the right of passage of killing a deer for the first time. Expectations dissolve into chaos, and Florence finds herself alone, relying on instinct and training to follow through with her decisions and pull herself together, while simultaneously living through the aftermath of a recent family trauma.

Production Team:
Karl Jacob – Director, Producer (“Pollywogs,” “Applesauce”)
Jessica Bergren – Producer (“Pollywogs”)
Benjamin Kasulke – Director of Photography (“Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Humpday”)
Editor – Peter Ohs (“I Send You This Place,” “Everything Beautiful is Far Away,” Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces)

About the Film:
Raised by 6 women who were all deer hunters, I had a unique perspective as a child. It’s an important rite-of-passage ritual for many 12-year-olds in Minnesota to kill a deer for the first time, both boys and girls, and has a major impact on their development. I was inspired to tell this story after noting similarities to this ritual and those from cultures around the world while traveling through Indonesia. I’ve discovered through making this film how many conversations, debates, and new found understandings can be opened through telling a simple story about one modern young American woman.

Current Status: Filming and doing a Kickstarter at the same time! Looking for funds to get us through the end, our Kickstarter goes until December 1st!

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