8/28/2014 by Borys Kit
Also in the movie are Rory Culkin, Martin Starr and Jack Kesy
Beth Riesgraf, who was one of the stars of TNT’s Leverage, is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, La.
Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars movie) and Jack Kesy (Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain) also are starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within).
Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis. (Da-da-DAH!)
The production start marks a milestone for the project, whose road began in 2010 when it was written by TJ Cimfel and David White. It won top honors at the 2011 Shriekfest and was on the 2012 Blood List of Hollywood’s top unproduced horror screenplays.
Steven Schneider, whose credits include the horror films Insidious and Paranormal Activity, is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman) and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli).
Executive producing are Christa Campbell, Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto and Vicarious Entertainment.
Riesgraf next co-stars opposite Jason O’Mara in new forthcoming USA series Complications. She is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hello! I’ve recently adopted this beautiful site from Marica. You might know me from Aldis Hodge Online, the fansite for Aldis Hodge that I’ve run since in 2010. I’m a huge fan of Leverage and of Beth. I’ll be making some gallery updates soon and maybe give this place a new look, but I just wanted to say hello first and thank Marica for allowing me to adopt this site.
Let’s Be Civil, Kenneth!
Set in 1955, Kenneth and his wife, Marjorie, are struggling with their respective roles within the marriage…
Ah! 1950’s American suburbia. It was such a simpler time—when people lived happy, quaint lives. The air was cleaner, the lawns were greener, and the gender roles were infinitely more f*cked up.
Pardon my French, but director Eric Pumphrey’s sardonic, twisted domestic drama, Let’s Be Civil, Kenneth! is the type of film that instills an inflammatory reaction. You see, in the United States we harbor a certain nostalgia for times long gone— a belief that the American dream peaked in the times of Ward Cleaver. Kenneth is a film designed to contort that notion—the heightened, macabre reality that exists behind a household’s idyllic facade.
Tonally, this is a film that explores some interesting territory. Starting subdued but slowly escalating to a darkly cartoonish level, its narrative is both disturbing and tongue and cheek at the same time. We watch as the dueling couple explores a litany of topics—from masculinity to social class, all the while biting our nails in fear over how the confrontation will end up. Unnerving, yes, but, also, humorous in the blackest of ways.
This tonal mashup was intentional. Corresponding via e-mail, director Eric Pumphrey writes: “With shorts, I like a little drama, a little comedy and a bit of surreality. That’s what I was going for with Let’s Be Civil, Kenneth! I locked in on the backdrop of 1955 and felt the social veneers/pressures of the era worked really well against the subject matter and dramatization I was striving for.”
But, thematic subject aside, the film’s technical achievements are plentiful. Most obviously, it’s shot entirely in one take. Now, we’ve seen a lot of “oner” shorts pop online as of late, but here, the motion of the camera work correlates perfectly with the action. Starting with a static shot, the camera movement slowly builds as the confrontation between our dueling couple escalates. It’s stylistic to be sure, but at the same time, feels like a directorial choice driven by narrative.
Here is a first look at Beth’s new show ‘Complications’. Unfortunately, she is not featured in this trailer but the show looks really good.