|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Gabriella Banda, Fiona Green, Bora Ercan|
|Crew: ||Producers: Suze Myers - Screenwriters: Logan Lanier - Executive Producer: Frederick Lanier - Director of Photography: Sebastian Lasaosa Rogers - Production and Costume Design: Suze Myers - Editor: Adam R. Brown - Music : Zack Myers - Casting Director: Ayoka Billions - Associate Producers: Ana Byrne, Jim Byrne, C.C
Alex, a whimsical child, lives with her parents on a rural and secluded farm. She sneaks out of her house and wanders through the fading sunlight in search of a perfect hiding spot. She is careful of watchful eyes on her adventure-she shouldn't be doing this, whatever that may be...
Logan Lanier is Logan's first professional production since making a number of student films at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His thesis, Sister, a short film about two sisters who struggle with an abusive father, screened at the Azalea Film Festival, Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival, and the Southern Sunset Undergraduate Film Festival.
Logan was a production assistant on the upcoming Ken Burns documentary Country Music, a multi-episode series set to release in 2018. He also has worked in the production department at the Telluride Film Festival for three years.
As a writer and a filmmaker, Logan's material usually consists of father-child relationships, instinctive responsibilities to achieve ambitions, and leaving questions unanswered. In his work, Logan seeks to spark conversation around the dilemma of what a character does and what a character ought to do. His goal is for readers and viewers to find meaning by reflecting their own traditions and ideas through their interaction with his work.
Logan spent most of his younger days in Huntsville, Alabama, but also lived in Telluride, Colorado for many years. He holds his time spent in Telluride responsible for his reckless love of the film industry, where he could watch films at the annual Telluride Film Festival through his living room window.
There are feelings in our lives that we experience for the first time as children, and as kids it is difficult to navigate those emotions. Heartache. Nostalgia. Loneliness. Adults may ask with a new experience: Is this normal? What can I do to make myself feel better? But questions like this are sometimes impossible for children to ask—we have to blindly experience our feelings and make heads-or-tails when we’re older. Jetty creates one of these brief experiences.
I want to make a film that examines the disconnections between an adult’s world and a child’s world. As a youngster I always wanted to know what my parents argued about, or why their conversations were “top secret.” I remember creeping down a few steps to eavesdrop from the wrong side of a thin wall, or sneaking out of bed and peering through a cracked door to watch my parents live their strange adult lives (they like to watch “TV Land” reruns and drink red wine).
This is the fundamental piece of a child’s world: curiosity. Intrigue and determination to know what is happening in that mysterious adult world. I am proud to laugh at my silly conspicuousness.
Jetty, however, ignores the presumptions that a child’s world is less enriched than and adult’s world. It is tragic to believe a child is less capable of understanding the world we share, or that adults cannot learn something new from children. It is our intention with Jetty to show the beautiful ideas children have to offer. And if we are successful, the dark, mysterious adult world will be a little bit brighter.
The central character in this film is Alex, and a crucial and significant force affecting Alex’s world is her deafness. This disability has grown into a painful disconnection between her and her parents. However, we aim to distance this film from judgment about life as a deaf or hard-of-hearing person. Jetty suggests her world is not defined by her deafness; rather, Alex’s world is complicated, and as a kid she struggles to understand her unique world just like everybody else. And perhaps most importantly, her parents have something to learn from Alex.