When a Project Feels Like Coming Home: Us Among the Stones

Us Among the Stones

After assisting on the pre-production crowdfunding campaign for Us Among the Stones (which was then titled This Family), Sprites is back working with writer/director D.R. Hood and the Likely Story team for their post-production crowdfunding campaign, which launches at the end of this week. Returning to the project feels like coming home. Rather fitting, considering the film is centred around a dutiful son (played by Laurence Fox) in thrall of his dying mother (played by Anna Calder-Marshall) who visits his childhood home during one weekend. Recently separated from his partner, he ends up in the middle of his colourful extended family as they descend on the family home.

Us Among the Stones is a film that has been 20 years in the making, sparked by the story of D.R. Hood’s sister’s visit to a big house as an architecture student. This house had an ancient wine cellar, pre-medieval origins and was presided over by a hippy laird. The story would end up being the foundation (no pun intended) for what would become Us Among the Stones as it is today.

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Ungraded still of Owen (Laurence Fox) and Marianne (Anna Calder-Marshall) in Us Among the Stones

You may also be familiar with D.R. Hood’s first film, Wreckers, starring recent Emmy® Award-winner Claire Foy, Emmy® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shaun Evans. Wreckers won Best Film of the Perspectives Competition at the 2012 Moscow International Film Festival. D.R. Hood was also a nominee for Best British Newcomer at the 2012 London Film Festival and New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Us Among The Stones also reunites Hood with Wreckers creative collaborators Annemarie Lean-Vercoe (as DoP), Claire Pringle (as editor) and Wreckers actress Sinead Matthews starring as ‘Anna’.

D.R. Hood says: “my hope for the film is that people feel they can relate to the characters and story even if very different…at the heart the film is about a man who comes home stuck and leaves liberated, and it explores what ties home and family can have for us, even long after we have apparently ‘grown up’. It is also about time- the time we live in, and the deep time we come from, and an uncertain future. What does family mean? Family is not always just the people you are related to.”

Us Among the Stones is taking over the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Likely Story, so be sure to follow them, and use the hashtag #UsAmongTheStones. The crowdfunding campaign is launching very soon.

How We’re Working to Support Even More Filmmakers in 2017

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2017 is going to be our biggest year ever at Film Sprites PR and we’re looking to make even more of an impact.

In particular we’re keen to help support:
-LGBTQ content and filmmakers
-female filmmakers, screenwriters and cinematographers
-films which promote a diverse range of viewpoints and perspectives
-films which pass the Bechdel and DuVernay Tests
-films which aim to dispel the stigmas around mental illness and help to promote mental health awareness.

We believe in connecting filmmakers to media and audiences in an authentic and heartfelt way, and we’ve been so inspired by the various filmmakers we’ve had the pleasure of working with that we want to be of service to even more filmmakers and their stories in 2017. As a filmmaker, you know the power of your story. We know that too. Film Sprites PR was built on the power of film and the capacity it has to inspire, uplift, educate and provoke thought and discussion. We wouldn’t exist without the magic of film.

If you’re releasing a film in 2017, let’s chat about how Film Sprites PR can assist you with publicity and digital marketing of your film. We’re here to champion your film, grow an audience that will champion you as much as we do, and secure media placements that will ensure your film is seen and loved.

Download a copy of our information and services pamphlet HERE.

Greek Myths Come Alive on London’s Northern Line in The Northern Line Series

You’ll find them along London’s Northern Line: Aphrodite’s temple in Shoreditch, Athena’s temple attached to the British Library, Ares’ temple in Trafalgar Square…welcome to the world of The Northern Line Series, created by Jessica Burn and produced by Fall of the House Productions. Film Sprites PR is thrilled to be assisting publicity and digital marketing of The Northern Line Series in preparation for the crowdfunding campaign for the fourth short film in the series, Medusa’s Kitchen.

The Northern Line Series is a retelling of Greek myths, set around locations on London’s Northern Line.

Let us acquaint you with the first three short films in the series, all available to view on YouTube. Enter the world of The Northern Line Series, but beware: be very careful what you say about the Gods. Remember they are always listening and are very sensitive to insult or hubris…

A Gift From Aphrodite

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The hapless Pygmalion is hot property thanks to his novels. Despite Aphrodite’s best efforts, the lovelorn Pygmalion only has eyes for his fictional creation, Galatea. What’s a goddess to do? This is the story of what happens when Aphrodite decides to help Pygmalion find love by thinking far, far outside the box.

The Guardian of Thebes

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Thebes is a particularly nasty run down neighbourhood in London located between Kings Cross and Caledonia road. A ruthless gangster named Laius controls the area and is determined to build himself a nefarious kingdom which he can rule unrivaled and eventually seize complete control of the underground criminal networks of the city.
But Thebes has another dangerous inhabitant who, in her way, provides a certain protection for the lost souls of London, an inhabitant who even Laius is wary of. She is waiting for a man whose arrival has been prophesied…a man who will destroy Laius and finally clean up the streets of Thebes. Until then…Let me ask you a question…

Into The Labyrinth

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A rare look at the inner workings of the famous Labyrinth of Borough Market and how one day even the gods might want to see an end to the annual slaughter.

But the short films are just the beginning…visit the website and acquaint yourself with the Gods of the Northern Line as Hermes, the God of communication and technology attempts to bring the Gods into the 21st century by filming them. This has mixed results, as you will see!

Enter the world of The Northern Line Series on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.