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“CHASING HOME” UNSPOOLS AT MULTIPLE INDIE FESTS THIS MONTH
(October 8, 2012) We’ll get right to the point! Crazy Lake Pictures, the award-winning production company, premieres what is believed to be the first speed filmmaking feature ever, “Chasing Home,” in a flurry of festivals beginning last week and culminating on November 4.
Crazy Lake Pictures, which came out of nowhere to sweep the 2009 NYC 24-hour Film Race (“The Queen Bee of Mushroomtown”), and which is quickly emerging as the leader in speed-filmmaking in New York, produced “Chasing Home,” from start to finish in a mere four weeks.
“Chasing Home,” which is directed by Keith Boynton and co-written by Boynton and Mike Lavoie, world premiered last week at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival on Friday. It has its Arizona premiere this Sunday October 14 at 1:30pm at the Tucson Film and Music Festival; its West 44th Street premiere on Sunday October 21 at 1:30pm at the NY City Independent Film Festival; and its Brooklyn Premiere at the Crown Heights Film Festival on Sunday November 4, TBA.
Since their NY City Film Race triumph (“Queen Bee”, made in 24 hours, snagged major awards including best movie), Crazy Lake Pictures, co-founded by Boynton and Lavoie, has wasted no time, producing three music videos, and over a dozen shorts – most made using their signature speed-filmmaking style.
In “Chasing Home,” four siblings who have lost touch and grown apart over the years come together when their father mysteriously disappears without a trace. As they search for leads that take them deeper into the Utah desert, the siblings rekindle both long-simmering conflicts and long-forgotten bonds. Is their father lost forever? Will he turn up and prompt a heart-warming reconciliation? Or will he reveal himself to have never left in the first place? Anyway, who has time to speculate?
“Chasing Home” was made for $30,000 on a pre-set, four-week production schedule, a process chronicled on www.fourweekfeature.com. Crazy Lake raised its first $10,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed the company to convene their creative team and principals in Park City, Utah on August 1, 2010. The script was written and cast locally in a week; there were 14 days of shooting; and the film was edited in one week. Some of Crazy Lake’s oeuvre can be viewed at www.crazylakepictures.com
“Under the circumstances, making a road movie was pretty much the least logical choice imaginable,” Boynton, 30, admits. “We had four weeks to write, shoot and edit the movie. We could have opted for a nice, simple domestic drama set entirely in my parents’ condo. But we’ve never been good at making things easy on ourselves. And besides, this was the story we wanted to tell.”
Is this really the first speed feature? “Features have been made for less money and in less time,” Lavoie, 31, readily concedes. “But as far as we know we’re the first ones to limit ourselves this radically on purpose!” “Everybody’s going to want to make a speed feature after ‘Chasing Home,’ mark my words,” says Boynton, “If only to do it right.”
“Chasing Home” features a cast led by Lavoie, and fellow speed freaks and frequent collaborators James Fauvell (“The Queen Bee of Mushroomtown”), Brigitte Choura (“Hero by Proxy”), and Michael Redfield (director of “Hero by Proxy”) as the four siblings.
Lavoie is also the award-winning producer of the film version of Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk with Me” (2012 Sundance Film Festival Best of NEXT Audience Award), and of Birbiglia’s critically acclaimed solo show “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” winner of the Lucille Lortel Award. Boynton, whose short film “Spirits” was honored at New York City’s Blackout Film Festival in 2009, is a Columbia University MFA candidate in playwriting, learning at the knee of Charles L. Mee. The NY Times called Boynton “a talent worth watching,” but they said some mean stuff too.
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