My partner Dan Grodnik and I are please to announce MARA – the first of 5 movies for year one in 2016 to be produced in Savannah. The MARA team is excited to bring on Javier Botet in the role of MARA. Enclosed is a movement test from Guillermo del Toro’s box office hit Mama where Javier played the lead demon role- watch it and get your “goose bumps on”.
We are in casting on the human leads now lol.. Besides amazing branding and partners anyone that knows me – knows we will incorporate a major faith-based campaign, as well, on MARA.
Moon River Announces Financing and Film Production
Savannah, Ga., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – (“Moon River” or “Company”) announced today that in co-production with Myles Nestel and Craig Chapman of The Solution Entertainment Group LLC, Scott Mann and James Edward Barker of Mann Made Films Ltd, Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Visit), and Wendy Rhoads (Haunting in Connecticut, The Perfect Guy), the Company has signed agreements to finance and produce the motion picture film, MARA. Steven Schneider’s films, according to Box Office Mojo, have a cumulative lifetime US box office of over $553 Million, with each film averaging $61.5 Million in box office.
The Solution Entertainment Group will be managing all international sales for the film. Moon River is providing100% of the equity in the film, which will be shot and produced entirely on location in coastal Georgia. The Moon River financing is being provided by a NY based private equity firm, and is collateralized by the project, with no stock conversion features. The balance of the film budget will be financed through a combination of foreign sales and tax credits. The film was introduced by the Company’s newly appointed Mary Aloe (Executive Producer) and Dan Grodnik, (Producer) Heads of Packaging and Production respectively, through the Grodnik/Aloe Productions deal with Moon River.
MARA is based upon a real medical condition called “Sleep Paralysis.” Multiple cultures around the world over many millennia have real life stories about a sleep demon aka demonic attacks also known as “Hag Syndrome.” Mara is a well-researched film based upon real life phenomena and is happening to an estimated 40% of humans around the world. It is when a person is in this state of “Sleep Paralysis” that they feel a presence of a supernatural malevolent being which immobilizes the person as if it is sitting on his/her chest. The word “night-mare” or “nightmare” was used to describe this phenomenon before the word acquired its’ modern, more general meaning. Has it happened to you? If not, it just might…when you least expect her.