Posted October 30, 2018
PLOT SUMMARY: CULLEN, A SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD DROPOUT, STEALS AND RESELLS SCRAP METAL UNDER THE GUIDANCE AND CLOSE SURVEILLANCE OF HIS OLDER COUSIN. SEEING AN UNFAVORABLE FUTURE WRITTEN ON THE WALL, CULLEN DECIDES TO QUIT WHILE HE’S AHEAD. HE MAKES ONE FINAL RUN AND COVERS HIS TRACKS, EVENTUALLY LEADING HIM TO STUMBLE UPON THE QUAINT TOWN OF CHINA GROVE. ALTHOUGH HE PLANS TO STAY JUST LONG ENOUGH TO SET HIS NEW COURSE, CULLEN MEETS A GROUP OF LOCAL TEENS AND GETS A TASTE OF THE SPONTANEOUS YOUTH HE HAS MISSED. HE UNINTENTIONALLY DEVELOPS A STRONG CONNECTION WITH RUTH, THE “NOT-SO-GIRL-NEXT-DOOR” WITH HER OWN SET OF SECRETS. THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR ENSEMBLE, WE EXPERIENCE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RAIDER FOOTBALL, GARY’S BBQ, AND A SERIES OF UNFORGETTABLE NIGHTS, AS THE CHARM OF CHINA GROVE COLLIDES WITH THE IMPENDING DANGER CULLEN ACCIDENTALLY BRINGS ALONG WITH HIM.
TITLE: Fall Nights In China Grove
TYPE: Independent Film
CATEGORY: Feature Film
UNION STATUS: Non-Union
DISTRIBUTION: Film Festivals
NOTES: Will also hold a theatrical red carpet premiere.
DIRECTOR: Horace Priester
WRITER: Horace Priester & Aleksandar Kapetanovic
PRODUCER: Richard Brooke, Max Brooke, Aleksandar Kapetanovic, Horace Priester
PRODUCTION DATE & LOCATION
LOCATION: China Grove, NC; Charlotte, NC
LEAD, 17 y/o, male, steals and resells scrap metal under the guidance and close surveillance of his older cousin. Cullen decides to quit while he’s ahead, eventually leading him to China Grove. Although forced to grow up quickly, Cullen’s maturity doesn’t stand in his way of having a good time.
LEAD, 17 y/o, female, has lived in China Grove for most of her life and runs her father’s bed and breakfast. Her quick-witted, sharp personality helps her effortlessly connect with Cullen. However, this “not-so-girl-next-door” comes with her own set of secrets.
SUPPORTING, 17 y/o, male, is the proud front man of Charlotte’s Webb, his wannabe punk group. Spider’s mischievous personality often cooks up ideas that he swears sounded better in his head. Spider hopes to make a name for himself as he tries whatever it takes to headline the homecoming dance.
SUPPORTING, 17 y/o, male, is one of Ruth and Spider’s best friends. He’s born and raised in the Grove and predicts he will be the only one left when his friends inevitably split ways. Joel joins the group on their juvenile adventures, suits up as the starting QB for the homecoming game, and learns that there may be hope for him beyond the ten-mile radius of China Grove.
SUPPORTING, early-30 y/o, male, Cullen’s older cousin who has helped raise him for most of his life. He is the reason Cullen got into the resale of stolen metal and sets off to track him down when Cullen goes rouge.
SPEAKING, 16-18 y/o, female, Liz is a spunky, fun local who works at Gary’s BBQ. She joins our ensemble on their adventures and goes to homecoming with Joel.
TAYLOR AND CASEY
SPEAKING, 16-18 y/o, male or female, are fellow musicians in Spider’s band. Supplementing Spider’s mischievous personality, these two are proud to terrorize the innocent bystanders of China Grove.
SPEAKING, 30-40 y/o, male is the stern business partner of Byron. He is suspicions of Cullen’s ability to execute the sale of stolen metal and is the first to search for him when Cullen stops returning their calls.
SPEAKING,40-60 y/o, male, is the up-beat and easy-going owner of Gary’s BBQ. He is a huge Raider football fan and easily relates with his much younger employees.
SPEAKING, 40-60 y/o, female, is Ruth’s neighbor who suspects that she may be hiding the truth on the whereabouts of Ruth’s father.
SPEAKING, 35-60 y/o, male or female, visits Ruth’s house after receiving a tip that a legal guardian may be absent from the home.
OTHER: Film Credit, Copy of Film, Meals, Snacks/Beverages
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