Around April 2008 the period drama “The Forlorn,” starring Clayne Crawford (Billy in Roswell’s season 3), Crispin Glover (Beowulf), Christian Kane (Angel, Friday Night Lights ) written and directed by TJ Martin, began production in Donner Pass, California.
The film is currently in post-production but a trailer can already be found on the official website: http://www.forlornmovie.com.
Synopsis by Anacapa Entertainment:
“The Forlorn” is a feature film based on the real events of the 1846 Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a number of the trapped settlers joined together in a final effort to reach California and organize a rescue party.
Actor Crispin Glover says about the film: “This historical incident is a fascinating portion of American history and rich material for an actor to sink one’s teeth into. The pun is intended.”
“The Forlorn” is being produced by John E. Moore through his Anacapa Entertainment production company and is also produced by Mark Costa of NHO Entertainment (Voltron) and Ted Meyer.
In the archives of moonshineink.com an article from March 12, 2009 can be found which is an introduction to the forthcoming movie.
John E. Moore explains that filming in the snow is difficult as it is. “The reflection of the snow affects the color balance and the logistics of moving around are slow. Had it dumped it would have been ugly.”
This part includes quotes by Clayne Crawford:
Wrapping up the shoot after two weeks in the snow, actor Crawford was jazzed on the intensity of the Donner experience and the hospitality of the community.
“It has been one of the toughest film shoots I have been on,” said Crawford when he jumped inside the Cal Lodge to warm up during his final day on set. “Very ambitious project, but it’s been a blast.”
“I come from a small town so I love Truckee,” he added. “Everyone we’ve met has been warm, welcoming, and excited about the production.”
Looking forward to the eventual public release of the film, Crawford also commented that he hoped the lasting image of his role and that of the film would be one of “strength and strong will.”
“It’s important not to forget the reality of the situation,” Crawford said. “So much attention is paid to the cannibalism that it’s easy to lose focus on the triumph and the tragedy. These are people that were truly tested, making decisions that were not easy. This is a story of hope not gore.”
There are no details about the film’s forthcoming release yet. According to the article the picture was edited and the soundtrack was in the works and the plan is to debut the film in the festival circuit this fall.
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