Film Title: QUARRIES
To escape her abusive boyfriend, Kat joins a wilderness expedition with a group of women, all of whom are struggling with the uncertainty of life. What was supposed to be an opportunity for personal discovery quickly becomes a fight for survival, forcing each one to discover the strength within themselves that they didn’t even know they possessed. While being brazenly chased by a pack of predators, the strong quickly set themselves apart from the weak. In a battle of will, stamina, and heart, these very virtues present themselves at the most crucial moment. With death looming, each is left with what is truly important – the strength within oneself.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Executive Producer: Laura Small/Diamond Cutter Films
Producers: Nicole Marie Johnson, Nils Taylor, Carrie Finklea, Dean Alioto, Sara Mornell, Kirill Yusim
Writers: Nils Taylor & Nicole Marie Johnson
Director: Nils Taylor
Director of Photography: John Woodside
Production Coordinator: Marrietta Volynska
Production Design: Maureen Meenagh
Stunt Coordinator: Cody Davis
Nicole Marie Johnson
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
We felt that FirstGlance would be a great outlet for our film as it is a highly regarded film festival. We also love FirstGlance’s outreach and network of filmmakers around the United States.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Nicole Marie Johnson (co-writer, producer, and actress), Nils Taylor (co-writer, producer, and director) , Carrie Finklea (producer, actress), John Woodside (Director of Photography), Dean Alioto (producer and actor), Maureen Meenagh (Production Designer/Wardrobe), Cody Davis (Stunt Coordinator and Actor), Marrietta Volynska (Production Coordinator), and possibly more of the cast.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
- Quarries was produced on an ultra-low budget and has received incredible feedback.
- The majority of our production team is comprised of first time filmmakers and the core members grew up in Western Massachusetts, where the outdoors was an integral part of our upbringing. By pairing our personal experiences with real-world examples of human-hunting, we wanted to explore what happens when humans indulge their inner-most deviance in the wild.
- The film is a predominately female cast though the script did not start off that way. During a brainstorming session we explored the idea and from there the script took on a new life. Something about these women who have experienced hardship, addiction and abuse, made sense for them to come together and embark on their personal journey together. We found that by removing some of the male characters we had more space focus on the central characters’ relationships that go beyond the scope of a typical horror/thriller draw: sex & nudity. It was refreshing to create complex characters with intimate relationships that didn’t have to be explained with sex.
What should viewers expect from your film?
- Though Quarries is a horror/thriller with a lot of action it follows each characters arch though an emotional journey. Quarries is truly about digging in to your own personal strengths, whatever they may be, and overcoming obstacles. While Quarries shows women overpowering stronger and more physically dangerous men, the way the women react to the challenge is the takeaway and at the core of the film’s story. The underlying message is universally applicable to anyone who has been in a vulnerable position; willpower is the strongest tool, no matter what the enemy or obstacle.
- There is a quote in the film that, “The jungle is neutral. It builds on what you bring it. If you’re weak, it will break you.” We wanted the forest (or outdoors) to be a character of its own, demonstrating how nature can work for, or against, us depending on what strengths an individual brings. This “character” really highlights the weakness of the hunters and shows that anyone can be vulnerable.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
While shooting more than half of cast and crew became ill with food poisoning within days of each other. People were getting sick between takes, cast was filling in for crew and crew was standing in for actors. At the time, we took a step back and realized what we were contending with, yet some how we managed to make our days . It was during that time when we realized that being a producer/filmmaker is just as much about problem solving, resourcefulness, and multitasking, as it is about telling a story. Independent filmmaker’s roles are not confined to their job title, but rather it is their job to see the bigger picture and continue pressing ahead.
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
We are looking forward to sharing our experience, film, and networking with other filmmakers.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
For more information on the FirstGlance Film Festival, or to buy tickets, visit their website.