Marvel Alumnus to Make Directorial Debut with Horror Short Kadence
The horror short film Kadence, directed by Marvel Studios’ Visual Development Coordinator Jacob Johnston and starring Bailey Chase, Alyson Stoner, and Zane Holtz, has two days left in its Kickstarter campaign, and they're looking to you for help.
From the Press Release
Kadence is a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could best be described as The Haunting  meets Let the Right One In (but with no vampires).
It embarks on its final Kickstarter countdown today as the month long campaign to garner support heads to the July 2nd finish line. The campaign can be accessed via the film’s Kickstarter portal.
The cast of Kadence includes Alyson Stoner (Step Up, "Phineas and Ferb"), Bailey Chase ("Longmire," "Saving Grace," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), and Zane Holtz ("From Dusk Till Dawn: Te Series") with additional casting announcements to be made within the coming weeks. The crew features an assortment of Marvel’s brilliant behind-the-scenes team including costume designer Carlos Rosario (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and concept artists Anthony Francisco (The Hunger Games, AntMan) and Jackson Sze (The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy) coming together to support co-worker Johnston’s vision. The focus of the Kickstarter is to raise $18,000 total in crucial production costs to assist in permits, locations, cast and crew payments, equipment rentals, and more.
“When I talk about this story [Kadence] and why it’s important, it’s essential that I mention that I am fascinated by people: their quirks, their psyche, and the consequences of their actions - it is as gripping as it is terrifying. Who we are and the implications of our interactions, as humans, can have resounding effects that follow us for the rest of our lives. Bringing those elements back to the screen is something I aim to capture in Kadence,” says Jacob Johnston. Referring to the campaign specifically, he continues, “Not only is Kickstarter a well-trusted, great tool for fundraising, it’s an amazing platform for finding our audience before we have even made the movie -- and keeping them informed throughout.”
Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin's  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship, gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive, and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice. Directed by Jacob Johnston (Marvel Studios) and produced by Rachel Kiri Walker (Producer - Folk Hero and Funny Guy, Unit Publicist - Life Partners) and Nicole Hendrix (two time Emmy-award winner, KTLA).
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