Marriage and Faith in “Emily”

Local Portlander and Living Room Theater employee, Ryan Graves, is tackling his first feature film—“Emily.” He’s almost half-way through his crowd funding campaign for post production on Indiegogo. With a goal of 10k, at the time of writing, he is almost at a quarter way there.

Graves added, “we shot the entire film for $20k this past fall. That included paying and feeding everyone. We spent every waking hour on the film.”

The feature follows and expands on his previous short film, “Mr. Right,” which won Graves the Best Short Film Director Award at the 2014 Oregon Independent Film Festival. “Emily” is about a young married couple struggling to stay together after the husband suffers a crisis of faith. The wife struggles to hold their marriage together while her husband opens up for the first time in his life.

The film was written and directed by Graves, based on a short story written by Graves and Kelly McCrillis. McCrillis is also a producer on  the film. The production was shot in and around Portland with all local cast and crew. The film stars Rachael Perrell Fosket (“Mr. Right” and “Grimm”) and Michael Draper (“Finding Oblivion” and “Combat Report”).

The crowd funding campaign ends on March 18, 2015 at 11:59pm at Indiegogo.

Here’s the pitch video for “Emily:”

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Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, which MovieMaker Magazine named one of the world's "coolest" film festivals. He produced "Glena," a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance ’14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film "Emptys," a short documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York. With his production company, Mindpollen, he's currently developing an adaption of Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby." Follow him on Twitter @joshleake and @portlandfilm.
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  1. Sara Graves

    March 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Ryan was also on Portland Film Beat, a local cable-access channel, and got to go into more depth about his film-making process:

  2. Mae Design

    March 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The “Emily” team just released a short clip! It’s just a rough edit and still needs color-correcting, sound mixing, and music composed, which is why we have been campaigning for post productions musts.

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