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Project of the Day: Escaping Rural Life in Short Narrative, "Going South"

By Srimathi Sridhar | Indiewire July 10, 2012 at 2:05PM

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.
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Going South
Going South

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.

"Going South"

Tweetable Logline:

A short film about Martha Barlow, a prairie wild child looking to escape her rural life.

Elevator Pitch:

Going South is the story of Martha Barlow, a prairie wild child looking for a way out. Miles from nowhere, with seemingly no one paying attention, Martha finds herself disaffected and alone. Her horse has just been sold, the local boys don't interest her, and her home life is a freak show. Her father, Stan, is a heavy drinker who cares more about betting on horses than taking care of his daughter.

Martha has been waiting for the opportunity to escape her rural despair. When the mysterious Donovan arrives on her farm unannounced, she may finally get her chance.

Production Team: 

Director, Co-Writer: Jeff Moneo
Co-Writer: Emily Ragsdale
Producers: Nicole DeMasi and Coral Aiken

About This Production:

I'm originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Although I've lived all over the world, my relationship to Saskatoon defines my world vision. While at Columbia, I've realized my connection to the Canadian prairies makes my point of view unique. I didn't always understand this. Growing up, I looked outside my province for inspiration. Now, I can't imagine making films anywhere else. As a filmmaker, I strive to create films that represent where I come from artistically and geographically. I am drawn to characters that live off the grid, free from the constraints of urban society. Going South is populated by such characters.  

Current Status:

Currently fundraising and beginning production on July 20 in Saskatchewan.

For more information and to support this project:

 Indiegogo and Facebook


Going South Pitch Vid from Jefferson Moneo on Vimeo.

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