IndieGoGo funds sought for indie feature by April 1

Executive producer/actress Grace McPhillips

Busy actress/producer Grace McPhillips of Sterling Rock Productions has taken to crowd sourcing IndieGoGo to raise $100,000 by April 1 for an indie feature she plans to shoot on an ambitious two week, start-to-finish schedule later in April. 

“The Other One,” a supernatural thriller, is the realization of a short film director Joe Steiff and executive producer McPhillips wanted make when they worked together five years on a pair of short films. One was produced but “The Other One” was left in limbo.  “When we reconnected last year, we decided it was time and said ‘let’s make it,’” McPhillips says.

The story, written by Steiff, is about a broken teacher  (McPhillips) who returns to her childhood home after a tragedy. She must help her mother (Nancy Sellers), who is in the throes of dementia, and come to terms with family secrets.  Jesse Bob Harper plays a mysterious character.

Writer/director Joe Steiff

“This is not a horror story but it does include a creepy ghost, life-and-death crisis, tons of suspense and a surprise ending,” says McPhllips, who’s had roles in Chicago-shot TV shows “Mob Doctor” and “Boss.” 

The filming takes place April 19th -29th in a Galena farmhouse, whose rental fee was donated to the production. DP is Christian Hins, a recent Columbia College graduate.

While the story has been completed, the actual set-in-stone script has not.  Steiff and McPhillips will guide the actors through workshops prior to the shoot, and further develop dialog and action while filming on the set.

Coproducers are Erica Lynn Schmeck formerly of CNGM Productions and recent Columbia grad Elizabeth Theiss. Hootenanny’s Graham Metzger will edit and supervise post; Melissa Lawrenz of Columbia College will also edit and Noise Floor’s Cory Coken will sound design. Corbett Lunsford, of Mysteriam, will compose the score with Michael Caskey of Bunnie Patootie.

Through the non-profit sponsorship of the indie feature by New York-based Fractured Atlas, every contribution made to IndieGoGo for the purpose of “The Other One” is tax deductible to the extent by law.

The producers also will use proceeds from an upcoming actors workshop towards the movie’s production budget.  “The Art of Collaboration: Working with Actors Long Before Action” will be led by Steiff and McPhillips at Acting Studio Chicago on Friday night, April 12 and all day Saturday, April 13.  Fee is $200.

Supernatural activities occur in Galena farmhouseMcPhillips says the low-budget indie will be a big help in her “aggressive pursuit of a foundational block” for her own feature in development. “Beautiful Little Fools” is based on the story of Zelda Fitzgerald, the mentally unstable wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

McPhillips says she has a close association with the Fitzgeralds.  Her family lived two doors down from the Fitzgerald’s home in Montgomery, Ala., and her parents founded the Scott and Zelda Museum in Montgomery, in 1986.

Co-Producing “Beautiful Little Foods” is Bob Hudgins, “Chicago Fire” locations manager and former Illinois Film Office deputy director.