Mount Whitney is the highest summit in Sierra Nevada and the contiguous United States. Every year, many people hike the 22-mile trail. The new thriller “Blue Jay” follows a young couple doing just that when they discover a mysterious group of mountain men who develop a dark obsession with the young woman. The film stars Sara Lindsey (“Concussion”), James Landry Hébert (“Taken”) and Travis Aaron Wade (“Supernatural”). Lindsey co-wrote the film with her then-fiancé Michael Ciulla, who also directed the feature and based it on a hiking experience he had in his own life. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Ashley (Lindsey) trying to evade the men.
“The difficult part about filming this scene is that we were almost shooting in two locations at once,” says Ciulla about this clip. “Ashley is about 200 yards up a mountain, and her perspective of the campsite is on a 400mm lens. It feels quite close, but there was actually a lot of distance between Ashley and the guys. The terrain made it harder to communicate and interact, with simultaneous action happening in both places.”
“This is a scene that plays almost exactly in the movie as it did in my head while we were writing,” says Lindsey. “James would mess with me on set and around where we were staying by saying ‘Aaaashleyyyy’ long and drawn out like that.”
“Blue Jay” will be released in select theaters and VOD on December 6 from Gravitas.