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"Welcome Home" at the LaFemme Film Festival in Beverly Hills.

Oct 08, 2007

Last October, when Jennifer Buttell-Kersey attended LaFemme Film Festival, she saw other women going out on a limb, making films, passion projects, on their own without studio financing – short films, features and documentaries.   She and her husband, John Kersey, had recently formed Two of a Kind Productions, a production company dedicated to making inspirational films and television series.  A dynamic pair - Buttell-Kersey, an accomplished actress and writer, and Kersey, a seasoned construction coordinator, prop maker and designer, hit the ground running, developing several projects and making a short, 30 Minutes of Perception, that premiered at the San Francisco Short Film Festival.  Impressed with LaFemme and what it had to offer women filmmakers, Buttell-Kersey ruminated throwing her own hat in the ring in 2007.

<>For the Kerseys, without funding other than their own, making a feature film in less than a year’s time, was out of the question.  So, Buttell-Kersey decided to turn a screenplay she was in the process of writing, Welcome Home, a paranormal thriller, into a short film, as a step towards her goal of making it as a feature-length film. “When I learned that Billy Bob Thornton developed Sling Blade as a short first to promote his feature, I didn’t see why I couldn’t do the same thing.” <> 

But not everybody shared her enthusiasm.  “Many people told me that I couldn’t do what
Billy Bob did, because he knew a lot of people and that’s why it worked for him, but I refused to back down from my dream.  There is a passion inside me that won’t back down – and as long as my passion is my driving force, I won’t disappoint it.” <> 

Buttell-Kersey found another source of inspiration in filmmaker
Craig Serling, whom she met through their mutual publicist.  Serling’s film Jam, an elongated version of his 2004 short of the same name, was among the few independent films to garner distribution in less than a year after its completion.  Anchor Bay Entertainment, a division of Starz Media, picked up the DVD/video rights and television rights picked were picked up by Showtime.     <> 

Serling, a three-time Emmy nominated editor (Survivor, The Amazing Race) wanted to produce a feature film about dynamic characters facing life-changing experiences.  Like
Thornton before him, Serling decided to take a risk and make a short version of this film in the hopes of attracting financiers and cast.  For Serling, the gamble was a tremendous success.  The short played in several film festivals, and attracted the interest of both cast and financiers. <> 

Serling went on to put together an outstanding cast including Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy), Gina Torres (24), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without A Trace), Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s), William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects), Amanda Foreman (Felicity), Amanda Detmer (What About Brian), Alex Rocco (The Wedding Planner), Dan Byrd (The Hills Have Eyes), David DeLuise (Stargate SG-1) and Tess Harper (CSI).
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The feature Jam garnered the award for “Best Feature” at the Santa Fe Film Festival and was featured at both the Boston Film Festival and the Vail Film Festival in
Denver, Colorado. 

Rather than letting the naysayers influence her, Buttell- Kersey is moving ahead towards her goal.  Welcome Home, shot this past spring, has already received Best in Horror accolades at the Chicago International Film Festival.  LeFemme is the second film festival that Welcome Home has been accepted to and the first time it will show in Los Angeles.  She’s finishing her feature length screenplay to have ready for potential investors and to that end, the Kerseys are having another screening in Beverly Hills on October 26th. <> 

Welcome Home
, Starring Jennifer Buttell-Kersey and Aaron Gaffey, Directed by Raul Contreras, Produced by Jennifer Buttell-Kersey and Linda Burden Williams, Executive Producer John Kersey, Director of Photography Rachel Wyn Dunn, Written by Jennifer Buttell-Kersey. <> 

Welcome Home screens Friday, October 12 at
2pm, Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 9021l and Friday October 26 at 7:30 pm, Wilshire Screening Room, 8670 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 90211.

 

  July 20, 2019

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