The Ghost Poachers find themselves in a world of trouble when they investigate Rhode Island's infamous Witch's Road, as they encounter a town full of strange, unwelcoming folks, and something much more sinister than even the urban legend suggests.
Inclusion StatementOur story follows a female-led team of misfits on mission, and in the mold of many genre films before it, Ghost Poachers celebrates those that dare to be different. We're dedicated to utilizing the melting-pot of people that make up RI both in front of and behind the camera.
About The Project
Ghost Poachers follows a team of paranormal investigators as they travel to a small town in Rhode Island in search of the infamous Witch's Road. The team, made up of some passionate members invested in the paranormal, travel to the old New England town in search of making a connection with one of the state's most otherworldly legends. Upon arriving they encounter a town in crisis that may or may not be stemming from it's haunted history.
The town's lawman, Sheriff Ron Cyphers, has his hands full dealing with a town full of people who want no part of their haunted history being brought back into the public eye, a group of investigators merely adding fuel to that very fire the town wants out, and the potential that something truly horrific is happening in his small town, battling all this as his personal life crumbles.
We've taken an old Rhode Island legend and built our ghostly tale around it. Witch's Road is a well-known haunt, especially for many 80's and 90's babies in Northern RI. There's a million different versions of the story that all involved some combination of driving around the notorious Witch Tree, driving up to the Witch's House and honking your horn, and sometimes getting chased away by a dark truck (or was it a truck?). As of today, the tree has been removed and the house was burned down, setting us up for the perfect place to conitinue the story of a town trying to put an urban legend behind them. What we've done is gone beyond the stories we grew up on by adding to and expanded the lore, while mixing in some other Rhode Island tales to add some extra local flavor.
Our team dates back to a run in the Providence chapter of the 48 Hour Film Festival in 2014. With a bunch of filmmaker buddies bullshitting at a cookout we decided (after many beers) to throw ourselves in the upcoming weekend's challenge at the last minute. In doing so, we found ourselves forced to actually complete a film in a set amount of time. We did that. It came out really good. And thus 401 Films was born. Our namesake pays homage to our homestate, because we love it so much.
To date, we've got several films under our belt, and we've decided it's time to take the plunge into our first feature. Rather than wait any longer to take the next step in our filmmaking journey we're looking dive in now, and the Hometown Heroes rally on Seed & Spark is the perfect motivation we needed to fuel ourselves up. We saw how inspiring the first rally was, and we knew we wanted to be a part of it the second time around. With the help of friends, family, and horror film fans from all over we think we've got the juice to get our film made.
We're raising $10,000 in our campaign to go along with a little money we've saved up ourselves and we're calling in some huge favors from some of our film friends, particulary with borrowing gear and equipment, to help get our film in the can. While our modest budget won't make things easy, we felt the rush working with constraints and challenges opened us up to think outside the box and more creatively in getting our first short film made, so why not put ourselves in that spot again to get our first feature off the ground?
Rhode Island is dream for film locations. We've got beaches, woods, mountains, cites, towns, lakes, oceans, rain, sun, snow...whatever you need, and all of it within a hour's drive. We plan to utilize some of the great places in our beautiful, small state and showcase the diverse community of artists that fill them.
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About This Team
Mark, Matt, Kyle, and Joe make up the nucleus of 401 Films, although they've had many collaborators throughout their filmmaking journey. After several short films they've decided it's time to dive in and shoot their first feature film. This brought them to the Hometown Heroes rally on Seed & Spark as they to not only build an audience for this film, Ghost Poachers, but to form new relationships with other filmmakers and film fans as they continue to progress their careers forward.