Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.
by Indiewire
June 19, 2013 9:56 AM
  • |

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

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:


For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page (campaign has ended)
Instagram Page

Be sure to check out our curated Kickstarter page for more information on projects we think you should check out.

If you have an in-the-works project and you'd like to be profiled in an upcoming iW Project of the Day column, submit yourself by filling out this form!
You might also like:


  • Eva Carter | July 3, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    Bug People sounds fascinating!

  • Isaac | June 28, 2013 8:32 PMReply


  • Kate | June 28, 2013 7:35 PMReply

    My vote goes to bug People!

  • Josephine Roussell | June 28, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    I vote for Bug People!

  • valerie schermerhorn | June 28, 2013 1:13 PMReply

    Bug People gets my vote.

  • David Ballantine | June 28, 2013 12:14 PMReply

    Bug People gets my vote

  • Debbie Keliher | June 28, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    I vote for Bug People!

  • Grail McGinley | June 28, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Loved it!!!

  • Melinda B. | June 28, 2013 10:10 AMReply

    I vote for Bug People!

  • Ben | June 27, 2013 10:27 PMReply

    Bug People is it!

  • Behnam | June 27, 2013 10:27 PMReply

    I vote for Bug People.

  • Sara | June 27, 2013 2:24 PMReply

    Bug People FTW!

  • Name Azam | June 27, 2013 12:02 PMReply

    Your Comment
    Bug People is Brilliant!!!

  • Sue Sharon | June 26, 2013 9:56 PMReply

    Bug Poeple is the one...

  • Tony Reinman | June 26, 2013 9:31 PMReply

    Bug People FTW.

  • quincy mumford | June 26, 2013 8:50 PMReply


  • Darlene Moore | June 26, 2013 3:11 PMReply

    I vote for Bug People!

  • Donna | June 26, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    My vote goes to Bug People!

  • jean-Marie Grenier | June 26, 2013 1:48 PMReply

    OUI "Bug people :)))

  • Byron the Siren | June 26, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    is this how i vote?

  • Mindy | June 26, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    Bug People

  • Jan | June 26, 2013 9:44 AMReply

    I vote for Bug People

  • Annette Reynolds | June 26, 2013 1:32 AMReply

    I vote for BUG PEOPLE

  • Claudine | June 26, 2013 12:39 AMReply


  • Christy Jill Eiser | June 25, 2013 2:04 AMReply

    Bug People..Congratulations!!

  • Michele Beavan | June 24, 2013 1:08 PMReply

    Congrats to you Jordan!!

  • Teri Oruch | June 23, 2013 9:49 PMReply

    great movie

  • christine hamel | June 22, 2013 8:15 PMReply