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A teen girl's walk home turns into a horrific nightmare.

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THE STORY

The Three Men You Meet At Night is a short horror film that follows 16-year-old Jess as she flees from a party alone at night. On her never-ending walk home, she encounters three men: The Stranger, The Friend, and The Guardian. Each man poses a unique threat to her safety and complicates her journey home. 

 

As women, there always comes a point in our lives when we realize how men truly see us. For most women, this moment occurs sometime during adolescence, and with it comes a lifelong responsibility -- to always be alert, always ready to defend against a potential threat. This is never more apparent than when we are alone, and especially when we are alone at night.   

 

 

The fear we experience as women is universal and often genuinely horrific. However, I rarely see stories about female fear depicted onscreen for any purpose other than entertainment or exploitation.

 

 

After a century of male-dominated horror centered on the exploitation of women’s bodies and minds, we are finally entering a horror renaissance. Filmmakers from diverse backgrounds are now using the genre to explore racial anxieties, family trauma, and gender-based fears.

 

 

The Three Men You Meet At Night draws on the iconography of legendary films like Wes Craven’s Scream, Dario Argento’s Suspiria, and John Carpenter’s Halloween, but uses these familiar conventions to turn the genre on its head. I want to use the very genre that has normalized violence against women and positioned us as victims to tell a social impact tale of female resilience.

 

 

THE CREW

Beck Kitsis (Writer/Director)
BECK KITSIS (she/her) is a filmmaker focused on developing emotionally-charged social impact stories. Selected as a 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, Beck is currently co-writing and producing Strawberry Summer, which has received support from the Sundance Institute, Women at Sundance, Cinereach, and Ruth Ann Harnisch. She is also developing Route One, a psychological thriller about an incel (involuntary celibate), which will mark her feature directorial debut. As a writer/director, Beck has worked across short film and music video content. She is currently in pre-production on the short horror film The Three Men You Meet at Night, and her music video for her band SIGNAL premiered on NYLON in November 2018. She recently produced The Rat, which premiered at Sundance in 2019 and went on to screen at festivals across the world. She licensed the film to Gunpowder & Sky’s new horror platform ALTER for an October release. She also produced Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Martha Shane's upcoming feature-length documentary Narrowsburg, which is world premiering at the 2019 Camden International Film Festival. In addition, Beck produced The Inconceivable Mountain, which will premiere on NoBudge later this year. Beck graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Film Studies and East Asian Studies: Chinese Language, Literature, and Film.

Kay Sorin (Producer)
KAY SORIN (she/her) is a writer and producer from New York City. As Event Manager for YouTube Space New York, she regularly organizes video productions, concerts, and conferences. She recently produced the interactive theater piece Better for the Columbia University Playwriting MFA Showcase and associated produced the short film The Rat(Sundance 2019). Her book of poetry End Body is available from Counterpath Press. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School. 

Carlen May-Mann (Producer)
CARLEN MAY-MANN (she/her) is a filmmaker dedicated to personal and emotive storytelling. Her short film The Rat was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest. She has been an associate producer at the Food Film Festival since 2016. Selected as a 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, Carlen is currently co-writing and directing Strawberry Summer, which has received support from the Sundance Institute and Cinereach. Carlen produces and directs through New York-based film and media collective NITE SHIFT, an organization she co-founded. 

Adam Kolodny (Director of Photography)
ADAM KOLODNY (he/him) is an award winning cinematographer based in New York City. His narrative and music video work has gained critical praise from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork (twice appearing on the best 25 music videos of the year list) and has screened at SXSW and The New Orleans Film Festival. Recent credits include the upcoming Viceland series The Devil You Know and the feature documentary film No Contact, as well as camera work on the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Award Winner Unrest.

Chris McNabb (Editor)
CHRIS MCNABB (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based editor. Their past nonfiction work includes the Emmy Award-winning interactive documentary {THE AND} (IDFA 2014) and the accompanying short film {THE AND} Marcela & Rock (Sundance 2015). In 2016, McNabb was selected as a Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab Fellow. McNabb’s feature editorial debut, Whose Streets?, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. The film was distributed by Magnolia Pictures and nominated for Gotham, Critics’ Choice, and Peabody Awards. McNabb recently edited the short horror film The Rat (Sundance 2019) and Martha Shane's upcoming feature doc Narrowsburg (Camden International Film Festival 2019). They are currently editing Lisa Leeman’s feature-length documentary Trans*formed, a follow-up to the Sundance-award-winning documentary Metamorphosis

Mariah Rachel Burke (Production Designer)
MARIAH RACHEL BURKE (she/they) is a designer and fabricator based in Brooklyn. Working across various narrative forms -- shorts, features, music and editorial -- her work aims to merge and distort distinctive visual styles to form detailed, character-driven worlds. She has designed for Sotheby’s and Nike, and collaborated on projects for artists including Aïda Ruilova, Lil Yachty, and Nas. Her most recent projects The Violin (staring Matthew Rhys) and Memory Xperiment: Kathy Acker (starring Maya Hawke) are set to premiere this fall. She is currently working in the Art Department on HBO’s High Maintenance.  

Jenna Weinstein (Costume Designer)
JENNA WEINSTEIN (she/her) is a costume designer for film, TV, and theater. Her credits include A Vigilante (2018), Madeline's Madeline (2018), Wildlife (2018), The Accidental Wolf(2017), A Woman, A Part (2016), The Comedian (2017), Listen Up Philip (2014), Appropriate Behavior(2014), and Shades of Blue (Series).

Albert Tholen (Associate Producer)
ALBERT THOLEN (he/him) is a founding member of New York City-based production company Good Baby Films, where he’s worked as a producer, director, and editor since 2016. The latest short film he produced, The Rat, had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. He produced and directed photography for a feature-length concert film, BRMWWV, of Jason Moran and Suga Dairo’s improvised piano “battle” set in Steinway & Son’s Astoria, NY factory. Among other music video work, he produced, co-directed, and edited Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Energy Flow and produced and directed two segments of MUNA’s visual album “About U.” Currently, Albert’s in post-production for a 16mm short film he produced entitled The Inconceivable Mountain, as well as Magic Hour, a short sci-fi film staring Indya Moore.

Caroline Symons (Locations Manager)
CAROLINE SYMONS (she/her) lives in Brooklyn where she produces true crime reenactments for Investigation Discovery. She has previously field produced shows for TLC, The Travel Channel, NowThis, Vice Media, Conde Nast Entertainment, and Destination America. Her work has been featured in Bullett Magazine, the Trinity Film Festival, TIDAL, Impose Magazine, the Skidmore Comedy Festival, the BAFF Made in New York Filmmaker Showcase, Investigation Discovery, TLC, and at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

 

THE CAST

 

Walker Hare (Officer Wright) 

WALKER HARE (he/him) has appeared as an actor on TV: When They See Us (directed by Ava DuVernay), Escape at Dannemora (opposite Patricia Arquette), The BlacklistBillionsMadam Secretary, the upcoming final season of HBO's The Deuce (directed by James Franco) and the upcoming HBO mini series Plot Against America. He has appeared in a number of feature films and commercials as well. His debut as a writer/director, Sun Shine, has played over 20 film festivals worldwide and won Best International Film at Watchdog FF. A feature he wrote and produced, Thorp, is currently near the end of post-production. His feature script, Frozen Ice, was a 2018 Nicholls Quarterfinalist and is currently optioned. Another feature script, She Cried, is currently a 2019 Nicholls Quarterfinalist.

 

THE BUDGET

 

We are currently in pre-production and aiming to move into production this fall. In order to do so, we need to raise an additional $15,000 to rent picture cars, camera gear, lighting equipment, props, and costumes. Your funding would enable us to shoot safely with location permits, provide lodging for our cast and crew, and cover travel expenses. Furthermore, it would cover all post-production costs, including the edit, sound mix, color correction, DCP, and festival submission fees.

 

WHY DONATE?


The Three Men You Meet At Night aims to present an authentic and subjective experience of what it is really like to live as a woman who is constantly in fear of the very real dangers that surround her. Making this film as a grassroots, independent production will ensure that we are able to tell our story with unwavering commitment to social impact, but this approach comes with its fair share of challenges. In order to take on this project and raise the funds necessary to make the film, we are asking for the generous support of our community.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our project!

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