This is a "mood reel."
I am going to shoot "East of Denver" east of Denver. As I was finishing the script I thought it was time to head out to the plains to meet Greg and get a feel for the location where I want to make this movie. Some background: I adapted Greg Hill's novel, "East of Denver" as a feature screenplay. Now, I want to direct the movie. Greg generously invited our small crew to the very homestead, east of Denver, that is based on his own farm.
I spent $400 to make this. So I thank everyone's generous in-kind donations; locals as actors, my dad as Emmett, local locations, the tree-cutting man for his cherry picker (crane) shots, my god-mother for sewing a stuffed dead cat, and a farmer/pilot for the aerial shots.
Thank you for watching.
When Shakespeare Williams returns to his family’s farm in Eastern Colorado to bury his cat, he finds his widowed and senile father Emmett living in squalor. Emmett has no money, the land is fallow, and a local banker has cheated him out of his farm equipment and beloved crop duster airplane.
With no prospects Shakespeare finds himself caretaker to both his dad and the farm, and drawn into an unlikely clique of old high school classmates: Vaughn Atkins, a paraplegic confined to his mother’s basement, Clarissa McPhail, an anorexic afraid of vomiting who pitches for the local softball team, and longtime bully D.J. Beckman, who now deals drugs throughout small-town Dorsey.
Facing the loss of the farm, Shakespeare hatches a plot with his father and his fellow gang of misfits to rob the very bank that has stolen their future.