As the word gets out about my latest project Jack Fall, I am getting a ton of questions from people. While I am working hard at trying to come up with my quick and easy pitch, I have realized that this story is just too complex to break down in a couple of minutes without giving away crucial plot points. Therefore, I decided to write a blog post to give you my interpretation of the story; quick and painless.
The story of Jack Fall revolves around the main character ‘Jack Fall’, a man dealing with the death of his wife Katie and best friend Ryan who died in a car accident two years prior. After losing Katie (Suzanne Tufan) and Ryan (TBA), Jack finds comfort in a life of alcohol and isolation. In desperate need of guidance Jack turns to an old friend; an old-timer farmer named Allen Wilbur (Dennis Fitzpatrick). Though the development of Jack and Allen’s relationship, we find out that Allen too has suffered great loss in his life. When the ability to essentially change the past is presented to Jack and Allen, their true colors are revealed and we see how when people are given the chance to cut off the grieving process, they can either allow their lives to be destroyed or find that sometimes out of loss we can find life.
When writer/director Michael Devin Greenman first approached me, he told me he wanted to tell a story that took on the subject of grief and the stages one goes through when dealing with the loss of a loved one. After reading the script and doing some research on the grieving process, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of it.
We all deal with loss in our lives; whether it is the death of a loved one, a divorce, a break-up, parental alienation or a terminal illness; our individual journey is to find healing. After researching the stages of grief, I have realized that everyone deals with it in his or her own way. There is no exact formula, timeline or progression that one goes through, often times, individuals loop back or stages can even hit at the same time. Jack Fall takes on the stages of grief head on, in its own a unique way. The audience will be able to watch Jack’s individual transformation first hand from being in a place of pain, isolation and guilt to finding acceptance, hope and moving on.
I am also very excited to work with the film’s Co-writer/Director of Photography Nathan Coltrane. His cinematic vision for the project, deeply inspired from Cinematographer Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad) and The Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men), will take advantage of the dominant desert landscape that the town of Lakeview has to offer.
Principal Photography starts October 28th. Stay tuned for more news and updates!