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Survivors Try to Outlast an Unknown Outbreak in Upstate New York in ‘Here Alone’

Survivors Try to Outlast an Unknown Outbreak in Upstate New York in 'Here Alone'

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Here Alone

Logline: A young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness.

Elevator Pitch: 
In a dense upstate New York forest, Ann spends her days focused on survival. She completes her laborious daily routine with the pragmatism and strength needed to survive, but underneath, her emotional health is deteriorating. Months of solitude and the tragic weight of her past decisions break her down. Haunted by memories of how she has lost those closest to her, Ann has imprisoned herself within the forest. There she leads a life of isolated hopelessness while at the same time using the wooded landscape as protection from the threat that lurks just outside of its borders.

Production Team:
Rod Blackhurst (Director/Producer) is currently directing a feature length documentary produced by Mette Heide of Plus Pictures (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” “The Queen of Versailles”) edited by Matthew Hamachek (“Cartel Land,” “Mistaken for Strangers,” “If a Tree Falls”). 

Rod is currently developing the dramatic narrative feature “North,” co-written with David Ebeltoft and Sundance Lab and Festival Alum Elgin James. “North” was a 2013 finalist for a prestigious San Francisco Film Society grant. Rod’s narrative and documentary short films “Life” (2014), “Alone Time” (2013) and “Early Innings” (2012) have all been recognized with prestigious Vimeo Staff Pick status. David Ebeltoft and Rod produced “Alone Time,” “Life” and the new horror/thriller short film “Night Swim.” Rod’s short film “Would You” (2012), starring Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse premiered at SXSW in 2012 and subsequently screened at the Palm Springs Intl Film Festival. His other short films have been featured on Rolling Stone, Vice Magazine, The Tonight Show, IFC, Gawker, Huffington Post, E!Online, and Funny or Die. 

Rod grew up without a television in rural upstate New York and has spent the night in every state except South Dakota. He has a 2002 bachelor’s degree in French Literature from Colgate University and currently resides in Brooklyn with his family. 

David Ebeltoft (Writer/Producer), a screenwriter and producer, from western North Dakota honed his passion for filmmaking while being the lead project manager for a NYC based art consultancy. Coupling his project management experience with his love of film and writing, David formed Frank & Paul Films, a boutique film company that produces and finances artistic content and advocates the inspired talent behind film in its many forms and sizes. 

As a screenwriter, David penned the feature length script, “North,” with acclaimed writer/director Elgin James and frequent creative collaborator, Rod Blackhurst. Also with Blackhurst, David penned the short documentary, “The Only Band in Town” (’10), co-wrote and co-produced the dramatic short, “Alone Time” (’13), produced the absurdist short “Life” (’14) and executive produced the horror short “Night Swim” (’14). 

David’s feature length script, “You Were Once Called Queen City” won the coveted Grand Prize at the Philadelphia Screenplay Festival and was awarded a Feature Development Award in the highly competitive Bluecat Screenwriting Lab Competition. He has delivered several lectures on his writing and artistic processes, including a celebrated public lecture for the Heart River Writer’s Circle and also wrote and directed two short plays at the Carolina Actors Studio Theater in Charlotte, NC. David holds a BFA in Photography and Museum Studies from the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and currently lives in Corning, NY with his beautiful and supportive wife, Payal, their cute and smiley son Kavi, and their frisky pooch, Maizey.

Noah Lang (Producer) got his start in the film industry at Cinetic Media working in sales, finance, and consulting. He produced “Here Alone” with Rod and David Ebeltoft which is currently in post-production for a spring 2016 festival premiere. His recent films include “Sun Belt Express” (Winner – Chelsea FF, Newport Beach FF, US in Progress Poland) starring Tate Donovan, Rachel Harris and Stephen Lang, “Band of Robbers” (LAFF 2015 Premiere) starring Kyle Gallner, Matthew Gray Gubler and Hannibal Burress, the acclaimed documentary “Heaven Adores You” (San Francisco FF Premiere), and the upcoming sci-fi drama “Diverge” (Winner – US in Progress Paris Top Prize). Noah was a member of the inaugural Dogfish Accelerator Program.

About the Film:
We’ve been working together to make feature films for the past six years. Two years ago we almost made “North,” a dramatic feature that Rod Blackhurst and David Ebeltoft wrote with Sundance Lab and Festival alum Elgin James (“Little Birds”). With “North” we recognized that it was just as important to prove our business acumen as it was to rely on our creative collaborative strengths. In order to make the leap to telling feature length narratives we recognized that we needed to build upon our creative acumen and produce “Here Alone” ourselves, carrying it from concept to audiences independently.

Current Status: Production and Post-Production.

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