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Project of the Day: A Young Mother Struggles to Keep Her Family Afloat

By Indiewire | Indiewire June 19, 2013 at 9:56AM

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. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Bug People" Tweetable Logline:
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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.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Bug People"

Tweetable Logline:

A young mother struggles to keep her family afloat after her husband suffers a fatal heart attack while swimming with their son.


Elevator Pitch:

Bug People is a heartfelt, intimate drama that explores themes of loss and family in a rural lakeside community off the Appalachian Trail. It follows a family as they try to grapple with the death of their father and husband (a bug exterminator), while having to quickly adapt in order to stay afloat. Each character in this multifaceted narrative faces unique challenges: June, the mother, is unemployable, her teenage daughter Dani must work at a wallpaper factory to make ends meet, and Remy, their youngest child attempts to fill the roll of "man of the house".

Production Team:

Jordan Fein - Writer and Director
Carlos Valdivia - Producer
Hunter Baker - Director of Photography and Producer
------Emmy Award-winner Hunter Baker is a Director of Photography and Producer. In 2012 Hunter was the recipient of the ARRI Volker Bahnemann Cinematography Award. Since 2008 Hunter has worked for 7-time Emmy Award winning director of photography Thom Stukas. In 2010 he lensed the feature documentary, Lifting Dreams, (Dir. Barbara Malmet) in Northern India. In 2012 Hunter has worked as camera operator on the feature film At Any Price (Dir. Ramin Bahrani) for DP Michael Simmonds (Goodbye Solo, Deep Powder).
Cyrus Toulabi - Producer and Assistant Director
Adrienne Stern - Casting Director
Ari Alizio - Production Designer
Allison Becker - Co-story Writer and Costume Designer

About the Production:

It all started with a poem by Allison Becker titled “Beetle.” Her poem sheds light on a teenager's memory of her exterminator grandfather. As a director, I tend to focus on small town folklore and the rich tapestry of family life. This story provided an excellent canvas for me to work with these ideas. With Bug People we hope to open a window to a tiny world with characters, places and visuals rarely seen on film. My goal is take audiences on a journey with universal themes but with a unique, visually alluring world that few people get to see. -- Jordan Fein


Current Status:

Pre-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page (campaign has ended)
Instagram Page


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