Presenting The KickStarter Campaign for INDIGO VALLEY – The First Feature Film from Award Winning Filmmaker Jaclyn Bethany
Indigo Valley, the feature film, is an ethereal drama focused on three intensely troubled characters, set in the isolated wilderness.
Indigo Valley is a drama set in a desolate and isolated landscape. The story explores the complicated relationship between two estranged sisters, Louise and Isabella.
Indigo Valley is the first feature film from filmmaker Jaclyn Bethany. The short film, shot in Iceland in summer 2017 was made as a proof of concept for the feature. The short is currently enjoying a festival run, after well attended screenings at the American Film Market and the European Film Market.
The story of Indigo Valley was developed and pitched at The Cannes Pitch This! Sponsored by Shorts TV, Edinburgh Talent Lab BFI/Pitch First Feature, FEST: New Directors/New Films in Porto, Portugal and Nashville Film Festival. Jaclyn was recently selected to develop the project with Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish at the inaugural Montana Institute of the Arts.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Jaclyn Bethany is an actress and filmmaker, a "rising star" of the film world. With her company BKE Productions she has produced, directed and written numerous short films that have played festivals worldwide. As an actor she has appeared in the feature films I Saw The Light, Worry Dolls, Miles and several festival favorite short films.
Ms. Bethany holds a B.A. in Acting from Fordham University, an M.A. in Screenwriting from The London Film School and and M.F.A. in Directing from the prestigious American Film Institute. Her AFI thesis film, The Delta Girl stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Caitlin Carver and Ashley Bell. It will premiere at a prestigious Oscar qualifying festival later this summer.
She is also the co-editor of online female arts driven publication Constellation, where she curates an ongoing female filmmaker portfolio.
An American-British hybrid, Courtney Harmstone has been working professionally in film since she graduated with a BFA in Film Production from The Florida State College of Motion Picture Arts. Following this, Courtney has worked in a variety of positions in the film industry, from social media marketing and distribution to editing award winning documentaries and commercials.
Since graduating from The London Film School and University of Exeter, Courtney has worked in the U.K. in the film industry, from feature films to short projects - her favorite being, Indigo Valley short film.
Currently, Courtney works at a media company, Alpha Grid, a Financial Times-Owned company as an Associate Producer/Director, where she works with high-profile clients making branded content and attended the World Economic Forum.
Rosie Day is an award-winning young actress. Dubbed a ‘Screen International Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen Daily and a BAFTA Rising Star 2017 by InStyle, she’s starred in Golden Globe nominated Outlander as Mary Hawkins, co- starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the rom-com All Roads Lead to Rome, and Stefanie Myer’s (Writer of Twilight) new movie Down a Dark Hall alongside Uma Thurman, for Lionsgate. Rosie was one of the leads in Butterfly Kisses which won this year’s Crystal Bear, at the Berlin Film Festival. She has recently returned from shooting one of the leads in Sky One’s new comedy/drama Living The Dream alongside Phillip Glenister and Lesley Sharp. She is working alongside James Mcavoy, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, in the 2018 Watership Down remake, for Netflix and the BBC. And Neil Gaiman's Good Omens also for the BBC.
Director, Jaclyn Bethany said “When I started working on this project, it started like all creative endeavours: with an idea. I began to shape the story and the characters- newlywed couple Louise and John, and Louise’s sister and the protagonist of the story - the displaced, and destructive Isabella.
When John and Isabella meet, their unexpected similarities become intertwined and intoxicating leading to a volatile emotional and physical relationship that ultimately, puts everything at risk. When things begin to go wrong on the most remote section of the journey, the characters are stripped - they begin acting and not thinking - it makes us, as humans, question who we really are.
When I wrote the first draft, it felt like the most raw, vulnerable and true thing I had ever written. When I shot the narrative promo, I had the same feeling, but also a remarkable feeling of joy and accomplishment. A great deal of that comes down to the extraordinarily talented and dedicated people that are working alongside me on this project.
From this point forward, I knew that we could make Indigo Valley into something really beautiful and moving, attracting a diverse audience worldwide.”