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Published on Nov 17, 2015
During Prohibition, an out of work coal miner in Depression-ravaged Appalachia must make a choice between following his honest principles or distilling moonshine to feed his family. Click here to donate http://cinefemme.net/projects/shiner/ Thanks!
‘SHINER is partly inspired by my great grandfather, who in desperation began distilling moonshine in the hills of eastern Tennessee as a means to keep his family fed at the opening of the Great Depression. The short film is also part fiction, envisioning an origin story where a character like my great grandfather begins a transformation into the kingpin of a backwoods syndicate. We will be sending the catalyst story as a short film to film festivals, and I am shopping around the television pilot. The short and its festival run will make an impressive showpiece for the full series, as well as a vehicle for myself as a director.
Ross McCall (BAND OF BROTHERS), Jim Beaver (JUSTIFIED), James Morrison (24), and Louis Lombardi (THE SOPRANOS) have signed onto the cast for the short film, and we were just selected as semi-finalists for the Short Film Production Fund hosted by BondIt and Screencraft. The pilot script was nominated for the 2016 #WriteHerList and made Capital Fund's Hot 100.