After the accidental death of their adopted child, a young married couple is torn apart by grief. Seeking solace in New Age mysticism, wife Cynthia sees threatening omens in converging world events; news of apocalyptic weather, power outages, mass whale strandings. These strange circumstances strike close to home when the couple terrifyingly discovers an otherworldly woman hiding in their late son’s bedroom. Who is she? Why is she here? Her answers aren’t clear, but one thing is… she’s come to them with impossibly detailed knowledge about their lives and the circumstances of their child’s death. The mysterious woman promises a reunion with their lost son tonight… the end of the world. As Cynthia’s growing faith in the woman’s prophecies pulls her further from her husband Aaron and this world, the woman pledges to guide Cynthia across death’s threshold. Can Aaron save his wife from the danger of her own beliefs and discover the woman’s true intentions before it’s too late?
Key People (e.g. cast, crew, etc.):
Trilby Glover (RIGHTEOUS KILL, 88 MINUTES)
Randy Wayne (HELLRAISER: JUDGEMENT, THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY)
Leslie Stevens (BOSCH, TROUBLED CHILD)
Nicholas Oteri (MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, XOXO)
Jason Eric Perlman
William Clevinger, Elliott Michael Smith
PRODUCTION DESIGN BY:
Lance L. Ziesch
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY:
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
I am a Philadelphia native and spent the first 17 years of my life here. I grew up in Radnor and actually received my first formal film training at The University of The Arts on Broad Street downtown. I used to rent obscure art house VHS titles from TLA Video downtown. My filmmaking really has its root in Philadelphia and I hand-cranked my first Bolex cameras and flatbed editing wheels here. While I’ve now lived in Los Angeles for as many years, Philadelphia remains in my mind as one of the most creatively vibrant cities I’ve encountered. The residents are so inclined towards the arts and have a seemingly insatiable appetite for theater, film, music– you name it. The amount of performance venues per capita population in Philly must be one of the highest counts anywhere. So all this considered, submitting to FirstGlance Philadelphia was really a full circle endeavor for me. Being accepted is a true honor and it will be a deeply meaningful milestone to have my debut feature film as both a writer and director be screened in the city that originally fostered and nurtured my filmmaking ambitions.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
I hope to: Jason Eric Perlman (writer/director)
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
Threshold was made with a very humble SAG Ultra Low production budget. Our ambition was to make the film feel and seem as robust and full-scale as possible given our financial limitations. We are continually gratified by the shock people express when we tell them how much the movie actually cost. It’s encouraging to know that we, as filmmakers, don’t need to censor and price-tag our imaginations quite as harshly as we used to. We are lucky to be working at a moment where technology and an ever-widening pool of global creatives are available to aid in realizing even the most sensational ideas on a budget.
What should viewers expect from your film?
The most rewarding response we have gotten from viewers so far is how Threshold’s story mystifies expectations. Just as you think the story is moving in one direction, it beguiles you with another and the tension continues to escalate and enlarge as a result. Working within the psychological thriller genre is extremely challenging because you’re aiming to fuse the audience’s perceptual experience of the story with the characters’. I feel we achieved this alchemy in Threshold, such that the film transports you into the nightmarish predicament of the couple as you experience their wonder, fear and urgency firsthand.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
Making Threshold transformed me into a vagabond. Back in 2013, I attended a weekend seminar on making no-budget feature films hosted at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. I was there to learn some tips on making Threshold on a shoestring. When I came home inspired, I decided to sell my condo that I had lived in for the past 12 years and use some of the sale money to finance Threshold. There wasn’t nearly enough left over in my pocket to finance production, so I still had to do significant fundraising and think of other tricks to cut major financial corners. But then it occurred to me… what if I rented a house to live in that was also a good fit for Threshold’s story? Shooting in LA, many homeowners register their properties for shooting and expect going rates of $3-5K for each day! I wrote the script centering the vast majority of scenes in a single home location thinking this would cut the budget way down, but it turned out this was still going to be too costly if we rented a traditional shooting location. So after much searching, I found what I thought was the absolutely perfect house for the film. After some very delicate disclosure to the homeowners that I intended to shoot a feature film on their property, they finally agreed and I had the location agreement embedded into my renter’s lease. Living inside an active film set was a bit of an obstacle course but totally worth it!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
Certainly psyched to see some films! The trailers I’ve viewed look phenomenal. But it will also be great to take a trip down memory lane and visit some of my old haunts in the area. I have not been back in Philadelphia since a brief visit in 2000, so I’m sure much has changed and I’m looking forward to riding the nostalgia wave.
What day and time is your film playing at FirstGlance?
Sunday November 13th at 5pm (Twilight Block)
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
Official Website: http://thresholdmovie.com/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/thresholdmovie/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/thresholdmovie1
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