Trailer for CROSSING THE RIVER, a 14 minute short film written and directed by Emilie McDonald in 2012. Inspired by a true story about a young boy who is persuaded to commit a hate crime against a biracial girl, the film explores themes of forgiveness, understanding and tolerance.

© fervent films 2012

Song "Places We Once Knew" – lyrics & music written by Erin Fisher; vocals Erin Fisher; harmonies Channing Lee; banjo & guitar Quinn Mathews. All rights reserved by Erin Fisher 2012

Grant – Tyler Williams
Shawn – Landon Williams
Michaela – Desiree Ross
Ted – Bruce Smolanoff
Jemmalou – Michelle Mills
Caroline – Ann Lukens
Ed – Vanzell Haire
Sue-Ellen – Patricia Garvin
Mrs. Stepanik – Jane Brutto
Cheryl – Casey Gibson
Lana – Pamela Kay Brown
News reporter – Leslie Vicary
Customer – Cecil Owens
News cameraman – Cyril Samonte

Director/Writer/Producer: Emilie McDonald
Co-Producer: Tammy Arnstein
Director of Photography/Associate Producer: Matthew Woolf
Editor – Matt Sarno
Associate Producers – Natasha Giliberti, Carolyn Mohan, Janice Erlbaum, Bruce Smolanoff
Unit Production Manager – Megan Fleming
Composer – David Engle
Additional music by – Erin Fisher, Channing Lee & Quinn Mathews
Casting Director – Chie Morita
Art Department Head – Taylor Glazier
Art Department/Set Photography – Andrew Callicott
Art Department – Clayton Tilley
Wardrobe Supervisor & Makeup – Hayley Swinson
Wardrobe Assistant & Makeup – Cherelle Guyton
Location Manager – Martha Schreiber
1st Assistant Director – Dessa Vanderhorst
Production Sound – Will Salley
Boom Operator – Eddie Wilson
Post-Production Sound Design – Robert Kennedy
Post-Production Sound Design & Sound Editor – Gabriel Gutiérrez Arellano
Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Re-Recording Mixer – Oscar Zambrano
Color Correction – Karla Carballar
1st Assistant Camera – Zachary Breitengross
2nd Assistant Camera – George O’Keefe
Gaffer – Tyler Ilgen
Swing Grip – Michael Horton
Grip – Ryan Briggs
Office PA – Kae Benton
Office PA – Viesha Floyd
Marketing Director – Andrea Rose
Communications Specialist – KatyAnna Johnson
Graphic Designer – Kacie Rodriguez
Publicist – Kyna Morgan

Shot on the Arri Alexa

Thank you to all our donors and angels for helping us to make this film a reality, to Monroe Gilmour and WNCCEIB (Western North Carolina Citizens For An End To Institutional Bigotry) for being an inspiration, and to Martha Schreiber for doing everything under the sun to help make this film happen.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 40-50 cross burnings happen every year across the U.S. and Canada. To take action and read more, visit

Best Ensemble Cast Award at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2013
Best Short Award at NUHO Online Film Festival 2014

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