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Project of the Day: ‘Thane of East County’

Project of the Day: 'Thane of East County'

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Thane of East County

Tweetable Logline: A cheating romance turns to murder behind the scenes of a small theatre production of “Macbeth.”

Elevator Pitch: “Thane of East County” is a dark, bloody little thriller set behind the scenes of a small theatre production of “Macbeth.” A cheating romance turns to murder as the lives of the actors slowly begin to merge with those of the characters in Shakespeare’s play. We’re shooting in glorious black and white, inspired in part by classic Film Noir and in part by modern low-budget indie films from the 80s and 90s like “Pi,” “Following” and “Stranger Than Paradise.” As the action progresses, the film gets darker and more surreal, as reality begins to bend and eventually break apart.

Production Team:
Jesse Keller – Writer / Director / Editor / Music Composer
Chris Cashman – Producer
Annie Willett Thomas – Producer
Nate Elegino – Cinematographer

About the film: I’ve always loved theatre and Shakespeare in particular. The last time I read “Macbeth,” it occurred to me that it’s basically a really tight, dark, fast-paced thriller with the greatest anti-hero of all time. I also love film noir, and 90s indie films are what made me want to make movies for a living. So I decided to mash all those things together into a lean, mean 81 page thriller!

Current Status: We’re running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the last part of our budget, and are set to begin principal photography in early August.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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