Join Sam, her Autistic brother Carl, estranged sister Lillian & friend Lewis, as they try to navigate life in a small town. It's 1993 and the south is in the worst drought in history but Carl is fascinated by weather. Hoping for a better life, they steal an ice-cream truck to become storm chasers.
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Inclusion StatementOur heart through this film is to bring awareness to Autism and specifically how siblings interact and cope. Written and produced by two female filmmakers, we are committed to have a diverse crew in gender and race.
About The Project
Our belief is that film can move people in a way that causes them to see the world and others around them in a different way. That is why we were inspired to create Drought.
What is Drought?
Drought is the coming of age story of recent high school graduate Sam, living in a small southern town with her younger brother Carl, who has Autism. Shortly after graduating, their mother is incarcerated for selling drugs out of her ice-cream truck and leaves Sam to care for Carl by herself. The year is 1993 and very little is known about Autism. Due to his violent outbursts, Carl is kicked out of the day care he attends and no one will hire him for a job. Afraid of leaving him alone, Sam makes the decision to pursue her passion of film-making and her brother's love for weather and chase storms in hopes of creating a better life. The only problem is, the south is in one of the worst droughts in history. With the help of Sam's best friend Lewis, the three of them attempt to make a storm but are quickly interrupted when Sam and Carl's estranged older sister Lillian comes back into town with her own agenda. With no other options left, Sam convinces Carl and Lewis to help her steal their mom's ice-cream truck and chase a storm in the mid-west. Lillian manages to tag along and the four of them take off in hopes of finding the ultimate storm, but along the way they find much more when they learn about forgiveness, acceptance, and following your dreams.
A brief history if you will:
We met three years ago in an acting class in Wilmington, NC; a town with a strong film history. As things shifted in the industry and productions left town, we decided to create our own films to tell inspiring stories, give jobs to those in our area, and experience to people passionate about learning this craft.
We quickly discovered the power of telling a story through film is much more than we could imagine. With our first short film, IF, Hannah made her directing debut, Megan wrote her first screenplay and we found success in festivals! This film asked the question, "Would your life be different if you just had one conversation?" The feedback on the film blew us away.
That was just the beginning of making films together! We then began to write, produce and act in five other short films in hopes of creating works of art that inspire, compel, and move others toward seeing the world from a new lens.
After gaining experience through those films, we were moved to write a story that just could not be contained in a short format. It deserved to be told in a feature length film. So, August of 2015 we found ourselves meeting, outlining, and writing our film Drought. We worked every extra moment we could and in four weeks we had a full blown feature film on our hands!
Let's back up a little shall we:
Before becoming an actor, and now director, screenwriter, and producer, Hannah was a teacher for children who are on the Autism spectrum. These kids showed her that they are unbelievably talented, smart, and have so much to offer the world. Yet there still seems to be so much that is misunderstood about these amazing people. Plus she discovered that there is another group of people that are just as amazing, the siblings of children on the spectrum. Often times these siblings provide lots of care for their brother or sister and can be overlooked due to the energy it takes to raise a child with Autism.
Fast Forward to 2015:
Hannah was driving home with the thoughts of her former students swirling in her head. Then, in front of her a bag flew into the air like it was in a tornado. And from there, Drought was born.
So, you're wondering about the time from 2015-now!
Over the past two years we have spent our time and energy rewriting the script, researching our topic, and making sure we do the best job we can with this story. Now we're ready to capture and share this story with you and the world!
Now let’s get down to the brass tacks:
The funds contributed to this campaign will go to employing our talented cast and crew, equipment, locations, catering, wardrobe, and set design. This comes to a total of $20,000 for production (at the bare minimum).
For those that are visual, here is the cost break down of everything mentioned above with our tightest budget and then of course...our dream budget!
A $24,000 budget
A DREAM $50,000 budget
Here are ways to join us in this adventure:
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- Contribute financially to the campaign (any amount is amazing) and be a part of helping us WIN the rally and bring this story to life!
We cannot thank you enough for your interest and support in our feature film, Drought. Our hope is to bring everyone together and celebrate the unique differences we have and we cannot do that without you!
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About This Team
Hannah was raised in the sleepy beach town of Wilmington, NC. Growing up, she spent most of her time surfing and traveling for competitions and it wasn't until much later that she found her love for acting and film.
After college, she began teaching and assisting children on the Autism spectrum. While she loved the children and people she worked with, she did not feel that it was her calling in life. As her desire to teach dwindled, her hopes for acting increased. She began taking classes at Actor's Arsenal and now, four years later she has graduated the two-year Meisner program, acted, wrote, and directed a total of 6 short films with her business partner, Megan, and continues to take acting class every Thursday night.
Megan grew up in western North Carolina and found her love for acting early in life while attending her father's preformances in community theatre. While she dabbled in theatre here and there, she did not pursue an acting career until a couple of years out of college.
While trying to deny her passion to act, she found herself working as a genetic lab assistant with fruit flies, crime scene intern, men's suits sales manager, gas station clerk (and yes, there was a tanning bed at this gas station), and coordinator for 500 volunteers at her church...yeah...500! When those didn't fulfill her life, Megan decided to start taking classes at Actor's Arsenal. Now, four years later she has also graduated the two-year Meisner program, acted, wrote, and directed a total of 6 short films with her business partner, Hannah, and continues to take acting class every Sunday.