Land of Tomorrow
With its depiction of climate change and climate-related global immigration, LAND OF TOMORROW offers a glimpse at the challenges of tomorrow while of offering a message of hope for today. When the world is at its end, the most important thing is not survival, but compassion for your neighbor.
Inclusion StatementEquality in front of and behind the camera is incredibly important to us. 63% of the crew of LAND OF TOMORROW identify as female, both in above-the-line and below-the-line positions. Our film also features a strong female protagonist, as well as complex supporting characters of color.
About The Project
Land of Tomorrow takes place 40 years in the future. In this world, climate change has made summer heat deadly, so much so that humans can’t stay outside without protective gear. This same climate change has caused millions of “climate migrants” to flee Central America and the Caribbean to live in refugee camps in the United States.
Our hero, Dr. Brin Stevens, works in the local refugee camp doing odd jobs to provide for her dying father. When her teenage translator and his mother face deportation, Brin takes it upon herself to sneak them out of the camp and onto her homestead. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned. Through her ingenuity and compassion, Brin and her companions must find a way to survive the harsh climate and avoid the grip of the refugee camp’s warden.
A FEATURE FILM IN FIVE MONTHS
Yes, you read that right. From the first draft of the script to the last day of production, we made a feature length film in five months.
For the last several years, our writer/director TRAVIS NEWTON has been writing and developing a feature film called Woodshed. In 2016, a short proof-of-concept film starring Derek Wilson (Hulu’s Futureman) and Matt Long (WB’s Jack & Bobby, SyFy’s Helix) played over fifteen film festivals. Last year, the feature-length screenplay was a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and made it to the second round of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Although the film is slowly inching toward production, it became clear that it would take more time to raise the appropriate budget than originally imagined. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, as they say.
During the Spring semester of 2018, Travis decided to show his senior capstone students at Western Kentucky University something to inspire them. He played filmmaker/actor Mark Duplass’s keynote from the 2015 SXSW film festival. Though he had seen the speech before, it wasn’t until he played it for his class that Duplass’s message really hit home: “The Cavalry Isn’t Coming.” Mark and his brother, Jay, started their career by making short films with the resources they had available and eventually made the jump into feature filmmaking with The Puffy Chair. The film was made with $15,000 and a few friends and eventually went on to premiere at Sundance and launch their careers. The message of Duplass’s speech is that if you want to make films badly enough you will find a way to make them yourself rather than waiting for the resources to come to you, a situation that Travis found himself in.
There’s a long history of filmmakers who have scraped together their limited resources to make a first feature for less than $50,000. The only real barrier to making a feature film is your own desire to do so. And, so with very little money, a handful of shooting days, and some very talented (and generous) collaborators, our team decided to will a feature film into existence this summer. There are no longer any excuses for not making your film. Yes, film festivals and distributors are flooded with submissions these days, and, yes, it’s harder than ever to get a film seen by a media-saturated audience, but what’s even harder to get seen? A film that doesn’t exist.
Because most of our ATL is from the South (and many of them from Kentucky), we wanted to tell a story that presented southern people in a complex, positive light. Principal photography for Land of Tomorrow took place in Bowling Green and Scottsville, Kentucky. While it may not be your average sci-fi film location, we thought it fit our 'not-your-average' feature film.
MAKING AN ECO-FRIENDLY FILM
One of the main goals of making Land of Tomorrow involved cutting out the staggering waste of a normal film set. According to statistics from 2017, humans buy a million water bottles a minute, most of which end up in landfills, or on the ocean floor. Because of this, writer/director Travis Newton came up with the idea of using a water pump and refillable 5-gallon jugs to provide drinking water. The cast and crew brought their own reusable water bottles, making for a set free of plastic water bottles.
Other ways in which we practiced conservation included converting all of our Mole Richardson Fresnel lights to LED (or just using good ol’ natural light!), only printing out sides for department heads as opposed to the entire crew, and serving mostly vegan/vegetarian options for lunches.
WHERE YOU COME IN
Land of Tomorrow has already wrapped principal photography. The footage in our pitch video is actual footage we shot this summer, and we’re well into the editing process. We’re seeking post-production funds to bring the film to completion. This includes music and sound mixing, as well as visual FX and film festival entry fees. We’re also budgeting for additional photography to pickup any minor shots that might help smooth out the edit. Here’s a breakdown of our funds:
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About This Team
TRAVIS NEWTON is a native Kentuckian and film professor at Western Kentucky University. He received his M.F.A. in Film Production from Florida State University in 2008 where he worked on over 60 short films. His most recent short film, “Woodshed”, screened at festivals across the country, and the feature-length screenplay was a 2017 Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist. His debut feature film, Land of Tomorrow, is currently in post-production.
JESSICA ANDERSON is an actor and comedian based out of Nashville, TN. She's worked on various projects with members of the Land of Tomorrow team and was ecstatic to reunite with them to create this story. Jessica hopes Land of Tomorrow will remind audiences of the need for living in strong communities and a responsible environment, and for taking risks for the well-being of the ones we love and strangers alike. She is beyond grateful to have been a part of making this film.
TORI MILLS is an independent filmmaker based in the South. Tori aims to create films that emphasize the smaller moments of life, with a focus on providing stories with complex female characters. She recently completed her short film "An Adjustment," which won a Student Production Award with the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as various other short films featuring female youth characters. Most recently, she co-produced feature film Land of Tomorrow, a sci-fi Kentucky-based film that also featured a strong female protagonist.
JOEL PRIEGNITZ is an award winning filmmaker from Western Kentucky University. During his undergraduate career, Joel made 5 films, 4 short narratives and 1 documentary. Most recently, he served as co-producer on the feature film Land of Tomorrow. His films thus far have been described as gritty with a nostalgic feel. Joel's mission as a filmmaker is to be respected in his field and to find an original style that is unique to him.
SARA CORKERN is an Atlanta-based cinematographer whose work has screened internationally. She started her career in reality/true-crime television but eventually tired of digitizing autopsy photos and moved into scripted television series and feature films. Sara strives to create striking visuals through her deep appreciation for story and performance.
ALLISON IZZO is a character-centric designer whose world draws inspiration primarily from story. She has had the opportunity to production design feature films, short films, web shows, and children’s shows. Her experience includes working with animals, special effects make-up, underwater design, period pieces, and virtual reality.
IAN LABARGE is a filmmaker from Central Kentucky and Northern Tennessee. He has worked a vast amount of positions on the many film sets he has been a part of, but on every set his main goal is to help tell the story of the project through hard work and creativity.