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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Civil Rights Era Motel Drama "American Falls"

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 27, 2011 at 3:46AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Art from Be' Garrett's "American Falls." [Image courtesy of the director]

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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"American Falls"

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American Falls is a film dealing with race and identity by Be' Garrett, starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Denis O'Hare and Louis Ozawa Changchien.

Elevator Pitch:

"American Falls" is a short film by Be' Garrett, starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Denis O'Hare and Louis Ozawa Changchien. In a rural town in southern Idaho a Japanese-American family owns and operates a small motel. The year is 1965, the height of the Civil Rights Era. One night a stranger sporting ‘city’ clothes checks in, the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko, Toru’s precocious 13 year old daughter, takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of this man, especially after two detectives come knocking on their door in the middle of the night.

Production Team:

Director Be' Garrett ("A Nick in Time")
Producer: Erika Hampson
Writer: Be' Garrett and Josh Liverigh
Casting Director NY: Judy Bowman
Casting Director LA: Mel and Liz Casting
Production Designers: Adam Brustein and Charles McCarry
Set Decorator: Nicole Duryea
Costume Designer: Ingrid Price
Editor: Kim Bica
Music: Earl Johnson, Jr.
Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Denis O'Hare, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Amy Fujioka, Kazumi Aihara and Taishi Hosokawa

About the Production:

We were intrigued by the story of Yoshiko Suzuki, a 13 year old Japanese girl living an isolated life with her family in American Falls, Idaho in 1965. This all changes the night a stranger, a Black man, checks into her family's motel. When detectives show up looking for a Black man accused of murdering his wife, Toru, Yoshiko’s father, must decide whether to give up the man to the cops. It makes us question how past experiences and beliefs effect our way of thinking. It forces us to ask what we would do if faced with a similar predicament.

Current Status:

The project is currently in pre-production, looking to start shooting at the end of August.

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Film Website
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