Synopsis and Project History
Jesse, Henry, Violet, and Benny Stamper are four siblings who have gone their separate ways. Jesse’s a reporter in Chicago, Benny’s a minister, Henry’s a derelict, and Violet has remained at home to help their father, Bruce, run the family motel. But when Bruce suddenly disappears, the siblings are inexorably drawn back together to assist in the search. As they embark on a journey through the places they used to know so well, they rediscover long-simmering conflicts between them – and long-standing bonds, too. In the end, their search becomes less about finding Bruce than about finding each other. But fate has one more surprise in store for them.
About the Four-Week Feature
In the summer of 2010, a group of young filmmakers gathered in a condo in Park City, Utah, having set themselves the seemingly impossible challenge of writing, shooting, editing, and scoring a feature-length film in just four weeks. The jumping-off point for the film was a set of ten images that the ten core team members brought with them to Utah and revealed to each other at midnight. From those images – some beautiful, some evocative, a few disturbing – sprang a lively discussion about all the possible films that could be made in the next twenty-eight days. From that discussion came a single favorite storyline; from that storyline came a script; and from that script came Chasing Home. The film was completed in time for a private screening on the 29th.
It was a pretty wild August.