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Project of the Day: She Saved So Long to Buy ‘The Red Car,’ and Then It Was Stolen

Project of the Day: She Saved So Long to Buy 'The Red Car,' and Then It Was Stolen

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The Red Car
Tweetable Logline:
A hard-working woman finds salvation in a used red car. But when that car is stolen, she must decide how far she’ll go to take it back.
Elevator Pitch:
Marilyn is a hard beauty who’s saved up all her money from working at the local lumber mill to buy a bright red used car. But right after she buys it, the car is stolen. Suddenly, her solitary world falls apart–carpools to work, shift changes, and the man she’s been secretly sleeping with is now eating dinner with her kids. Marilyn is desperate to get back to how things were. So when she sees a woman driving the same kind of car she had stolen, Marilyn must decide how far to go to reclaim her independence, and at what cost.
Production Team:

Writer/Director: Steven Wilsey
Producers: Daniella Kahane, Dominique Lefebvre
Director of Photography: Andres Karu
Casting Director: Adrienne Stern

About the Production:
“My mother saved up all her money to buy a used red car, only to have it stolen right after. Later on, she saw a woman washing the same kind of car and said, “I just wanted to get out and beat the shit out of her.” That was so specific and honest that I knew there was story there. This film is also a chance to begin exploring my mother as a character–she worked as everything from a cross-country truck driver to a secretary in a short, spontaneous life and I know she’ll be in my feature work.” — Steven Wilsey
Current Status:
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