Bigfoot-Themed Horror/Comedy STOMPING GROUND Launches Finishing Funds Kickstarter Campaign

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Indie Film Features Theresa Tilly from Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD

Producers Brad Lavery and Mike De Trana, along with award-winning director Dan Riesser, have launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign seeking finishing funds for their independently-financed feature film Stomping Ground. The campaign began on March 11th and runs until April 9th. Nearly half of the $15,000 goal has already been raised. The film is seeking financing to aid with editing, color correction, sound design and visual FX.

Stomping Ground can best be described as a “scary relationship comedy about love and Bigfoot hunting.” It tells the story of Ben and Annie, a couple living in Chicago, on a weekend trip to Annie’s small North Carolina hometown. At the local bar they run into Paul, an old friend of Annie’s, and Ben learns something he never knew about his girlfriend: She believes in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to “hunt” for the creature when they were kids. Before Ben knows it, he’s off on an impromptu Squatchin’ trip deep in the Carolina backwoods. Amidst the Squatch calls, campfire stories and beers, Ben quickly realizes that Paul may have an ulterior motive in bringing Annie to the woods. And something else out here seems to be after her as well. Everyone but Ben thinks its Bigfoot. But it can’t be, can it? After all, Bigfoot isn’t real…

Stomping Ground is was shot in October 2012 in North Carolina, mostly in the Uwharrie National Forest, an area well known for its Bigfoot sightings. The film stars an amazing cast including John Bobek, Tarah DeSpain, Jeramy Blackford and Justin Giddings. It also features a special appearance by Theresa Tilly, who is best known for her role in Sam Raimi’s horror classic, The Evil Dead. Among the exciting prizes, Kickstarter pledgers have the opportunity to receive a signed piece of Evil Dead memorabilia from the actress. Read an update regarding Tilly’s involving in Stomping Ground here.

Director Dan Riesser is a filmmaker and television producer whose short films have played at festivals across the world. His 2010 short film Night of the Punks was an official selection at over 25 film festivals including Screamfest LA. His producing and directing work can be seen weekly on E! Entertainment’s The Soup with Joel McHale. Stomping Ground is his first feature film.

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