An Independent Feature Film
Currently In Production
Berkeley, CA (July 2014) – Principal photography has begun on the independent feature film AUGUST FALLS, a haunting mystery directed by Sam Hancock (BEING US) and produced by Matthew Donaldson (LIGEIA, YELLER, TO FIND A MONSTER), Amelia Belle (LIGEIA, TO FIND A MONSTER) Alanna Ubach (TO FIND A MONSTER), Joshua B. Porter (ROAD TO RED, TO FIND A MONSTER). The film will shoot entirely on location in Berkeley and Oakland, California.
AUGUST FALLS is Hancock’s second feature film. He made his feature directorial debut with BEING US, the story of a woman living with multiple personalities. BEING US launches its national VOD release this week. “It’s really exciting to be able to start production on a new film the same day our first feature receives an international release. Seeing one project through to distribution gives a strong sense of purpose to the creative process of the next,” said Hancock.
AUGUST FALLS stars Fairuza Balk (The Craft, American History X), Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, Temple Grandin) and Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers, See Dad Run), supported by Tamara Taylor (Bones, Serenity, Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Ashley Clements (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Rolf Saxon (Mission:Impossible, Saving Private Ryan), Gregory Marcel (The Good Shepherd, Mind Games) and Justin Fix (Who We Are).
Fairuza Balk plays Anna Ellison, a woman who will stop at nothing to discover the truth of her estranged son August’s (Justin Fix) disturbing death.The police, concluding the tragedy to be a suicide, offer little solace. In her attempt to make sense of her loss and grappling with feelings of guilt, she moves into August’s apartment. There she meets Jonas (Charles Baker), the building’s superintendent. Though guarded at first, Jonas and Anna form a tentative bond, a shared longing for love and company in a desolate world. Convinced that her only child did not die by his own volition, Anna seeks out the people and places he had known. Her investigation brings her and Jonas into the dark corners of a criminal underworld, where she is forced to confront the true nature of human cruelty.
Director, Hancock is supported by Cinematographer Paul Nordin, Production Designer Will King, Costume Designer Irina Alexandra, and Editor Ian Montgomery.