Kith & Kin
Kith & Kin is a southern gothic thriller about three sisters who return to their childhood home to find their parents are harboring a dark secret. At its core, it's about family, the sacrifices we are willing to make, the secrets we are willing to keep and the love that ties that all together.
Mission StatementKith & Kin was created by a wife duo. Our production company goal has always been to empower young women to become front-runners in the entertainment industry. We strive to bring interesting, honest female characters to life in lead roles. Our team also proudly consists of female & LGBTQ+ majority.
About The Project
It's undeniable. There's something about the 'smoke' billowing from the mountains of North Carolina that draws you in. It has a way of being both beautifully comforting and eerily unnerving, all at the same time- making it the perfect backdrop to our story about family and the love and darkness that comes with them.
As a child, The Great Smoky Mountains meant 'family', to me. It was an escape from the heat of Central Florida into the arms of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends. It was the place where my parents were raised and the place where this Florida girl built her first (very small but very exciting) snowman. There was something magical about the mountains; the way they called to me, the way they sang at sunrise and sunset with the unfamiliar sounds held within.
When the idea of Kith & Kin arose, it was from the smoke of those very mountains- from the pickup rides along dirt roads and the rafting adventures on the Nantahala, all the way down to the roadside vegetable stands and quiet creeks. The landscape tells a story if you'll listen to it; each mountain home brimming with secrets, waiting to unfold.
The Dumont family, at the center of our story, is no different and I cannot wait for the world to meet them.
When the Dumont sisters receive the phone call from their mother, telling them to come home, they can never imagine the darkness that awaits. Upon return, the seemingly innocent family reunion takes a sudden, dark turn as their loyalty and love for one another is put to the ultimate test. Each dealing in their own way, they must inevitably decide what they are willing to sacrifice for kin.
The series has already been greenlit for the 2021 season via SeekaTV.
Outtake Productions has years of experience making magic when it comes to working on a successful series within a small budget. The first few seasons of Or So the Story Goes were produced with a limited amount of equipment and self-taught skills. What we created goes far beyond those limitations. For our most recent seasons, Golden Rule & Knock Knock, we were able to increase the budget and bring a professional crew on board. With our combined skills, those seasons became our most successful seasons to date, with numerous awards and international coverage. They are continuing to do well on the festival circuit, as well as airing on Apple TV & Roku via the streaming platform SeekaTV.
JoeBert Entertainment is also no stranger to creating phenomenal work within a small budget and have brought to life amazing, award winning short and feature films with owned equipment and skills- at one point creating an entire dolly system from self built tracks and a wheelchair.
Kith & Kin will utilize the skills of both production companies. By combining our efforts and gear and shooting on location in North Carolina, we will be able to shave off a great amount of the usual needed production budget.
The money raised will go to fund the crew, cast, extra needed equipment, props, wardrobe, travel expenses to get the cast & crew to our filming locations and much more.
As you can imagine, the COVID19 pandemic has forced us to make some obvious changes. We shifted to the virtual world for pre-production needs like our table read, local casting and rehearsals.
In the wake of all of this, we are moving forward to make it happen while also keeping our cast & crew safe. In the event we are unable to film safely, as planned, in August, the production will still go on. Production will simply be pushed to a later time, when things are clear.
This pandemic had obvious effects on our fundraising efforts, as well. We are incredibly lucky to have already had fantastic sponsors on board for Kith & Kin but we are now looking to you to help us raise the rest of the funds needed.
Our hope is that when you watch Kith & Kin, you’ll fall in love with these amazing characters, be awed by the scenery, and feel at home; even in the darkest moments of the Dumont family. But more than anything we can’t wait to see who you root for.
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About This Team
Melissa Malone (Creator/Writer/Editor) is a graduate of The NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. As an actress she has appeared in numerous films, series and plays. She is also the showrunner of the digital series Or So the Story Goes and writer of the upcoming feature film, The Forest Hills. She is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Official Site
Theresa Labreglio (Creator/Director/Writer) is the owner of Outtake Productions, studied Theater/Media at Fordham University and is a proud member of AEA. She has worked as a Production Stage Manager for regional theater, as well the NYC Fringe Festival. Theresa also currently works as a line-editor and editorial assistant in NYC. She is best known for her work as the director/writer on the series, Or So the Story Goes and the short films The Angry Man and Best of Fest.
The Cremer Brothers (CoProducers/DoP) own the production company JoeBert Entertainment in New Jersey. They have produced multiple award winning films including; God’s Law, Assisted Suicide, Keep It in the Dark and Play Date. They have previously worked on multiple short films with Outtake Productions, but this will be their first full series collaboration. Official Site
Sabrina van Vliet (Hair & Makeup/FX) is a certified professional makeup artist. She completed the Journeyman artist program at Blush Bar (now School of Makeup Effects) in New Jersey in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked mostly for theatrical and opera productions. Previous film credits include OSTSG, The Angry Man, Play Date and Forgotten.
Rainni Moran (AD) Rainni is an actress/filmmaker. Her roles include projects such as, "Kira Burner" which recently screened at SXSW and the music video to "O Canada" by Jill Sobule. In addition to acting, she is also the assistant director on "OSTSG". She currently attends Virginia Tech University.
Lindsay Farrell (1st AD) graduated from Sacred Heart University with a degree in Graphic Design. Lindsay is currently a Senior Campaign Manager for Salesforce Marketing Cloud and has been a crew member of OSTSG and the Assistant Director for the short film, The Angry Man.
Chris Christiana (Assistant Editor) Before hopping on board with Outtake Productions, Chris performed as a professional singing actor in touring and regional productions. He has also been putting his creative and project management intuition into play as a Creative Producer for an Emmy Award-winning, live entertainment production company that creates custom entertainment, live events and branded experiences for clients around the globe. Chris has also been a part of the Rhythm Nation since its inception.
Lori Anne Sword (Willa Dumont) is an experienced actor and drama teacher; skilled in Acting, Teaching, Theatre, Drama, Singing, and Public Speaking. She has a Master of Fine Arts, focused in Musical Theatre from the University of California, Irvine. She currently lives in Charlotte, NC.
Tessa Zugmeyer (Rhett Dumont-McCoy) is a NYC based actress and a member of Actor’s Equity and has a M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theater. She has appeared on stage in AEA NY productions of Dancing at Lughnasa, The Cherry Orchard, Comedy of Errors, The Clearing and more. Most recently she appeared in Or So the Story Goes: Knock Knock.
Melissa Malone (Lu Dumont) is a graduate of The NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She has appeared in the feature film, At the End of the Day and the series, Evil Lives Here. She is also the creator of the series Or So the Story Goes and writer/producer/costar of the short film, The Angry Man. She is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association.
Joe Lenihan (Colton Dumont) is a recent graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. In recent years, he was on stage portraying roles such as ‘Bert’ in Mary Poppins and ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth for which he won the Montclair State University award for best actor in a classical text. He most recently portrayed Jack in the OSTSG season, Knock Knock.
Peter Holland (Waylon Dumont) Peter Holland is a veteran character actor. He was nominated for a Virginia Governor's Arts Award for his one man play about Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Lincoln's Office. For the past seventeen years Peter and his wife have created and toured their original educational plays throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Most recently, Peter has acted in the short films: Uncle Otto's Truck, a Stephen King story directed by Brian Johnson, and As I Was, a poetic dramatic short directed by Matt Batchelor.
Ellen B. Williams (Betty Dumont) After a long career as a classical singer/teacher, native North Carolinian, Ellen joined the acting world. She can be seen in numerous indie films, music videos, short films, and commercials. Although her degrees are in vocal performance, her current TV/Film teachers include Matt Newton, Anthony Robert Grasso, Bill Timoney and Marjorie Ballentine whose generosity of spirit and love of actors and their craft inspire her every day.
Diann Gogerty (Sarah Pricher) studied acting at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has appeared in films including Pickle!, The Angry Man, Assisted Suicide and God’s Law. She is most well known for her role as a series regular on the web series, Or So the Story Goes.
Kim Grant (Suzie Harper) Kim Grant began her theatrical pursuits while in High School in Atlanta GA. After graduating from Tuskegee University with a B.S. degree in Marketing, Kim still had a thirst to act and perform. In 2011 Kim was cast as the lead actress, Khouri Baxter, in the movie Treacherous. From there she has gone on to participate in several short films, including Without Him in which she wrote, produced and received a Best Actress Award in the Charlotte Black Film Festival. Kim has also been on several television series.
Adam Brudnicki (Grady Jacobs) Based in Atlanta, Adam has been blessed to be a part of many amazing films, television programs, countless commercials and hosted industrials for some of the biggest brands in the world. Adam can be seen in Netflix’s Bloodline, Lodge49 on AMC, and several great crime re-enactment shows on Discovery iD. He has been repped by Atlanta Models & Talent since 2016, and is getting married this fall!