Acting Career Struggles Collide with Relationship Uncertainty in ‘The Golden Rut’

"It makes you want to push, and push, and push but sometimes you can push too far."
Indiewire's Project of the Day: 'The Golden Rut'

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The Golden Rut

Logline: Austin’s finest actor is inspired to take his career up a notch when he falls for a beautiful, independent, business woman. However his plans are derailed when her spicy, eccentric identical twin sister pops into the picture.

Elevator Pitch:

Scottie Johnson, the finest actor in Austin, Texas is loving life until he starts dating Ebby, a beautiful savvy entrepreneur. In an attempt to secure her love, he makes a promise to take his career to the next level. Around the same time Alex the wild, sexy, identical twin sister of Ebby shows up to stay with her. Soon he has to decide, how far is too far, and is Ebby really the right girl for him. Or is all of this just another distraction to keep Scottie from focusing on pursuing his real goals, his acting career.

Production Team:

Written and Directed by: Nick and Josh Holden

Josh Holden … Scottie
Laura Flannery … Ebby / Alex
Bill Wise … Moses Duval
Marco Perella … Acting Coach

Produced by:
Amy Bench … co-producer
Beau Harris … line producer
Robin Hines … producer
Josh Ashy Holden … producer
Nick Holden … producer
Elizabeth Maphis … co-producer
Tom Suhler … co-producer

Cinematography: Amy Bench

Film Editing: Toby Rymkus, Josh Holden

Elena Weinberg is also on our post production team as our Social Media Manager. She has worked on previous Projects of the Month and Week.

About the Film:

To us, this is the perfect story to describe the millennial generation and one of its central struggles: having control over your career while trying to balance everything else in life. It seems like now more than ever, people want to work for themselves instead of for the man, so they can have more of a say over their lives. However, this lifestyle isn’t always stable and it’s tempting to get into the mindset that you’re not doing enough. It makes you want to push, and push, and push…but sometimes you can push too far. Our character is right in the middle of this struggle and he’s as desperate as ever.

Current Status: In post-production, fundraising.

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