FILMMAKER DOESN’T LET MAJOR SURGERY STOP FEATURE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

                      Female director, writer, DP, Editor, Latino Lead, TINY crew, and 40 staples manage to keep it all together.

Los Angeles, CA – September 11th, 2017 -While making a micro-budget feature film is hard enough, the crew for the horror, dark comedy feature “At the End of the Tunnel” had another obstacle to overcome.  After running a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised $36,000, and only a month away from filming,writer and director Claire Wasmund went to the doctor for what she believed was indigestion, but instead found out she had twenty-pounds worth of abdominal masses that needed to be surgically removed and would require six weeks of rest.

The female directed, written, produced, DPed, edited, and Latino starring film had already cast and locked locations. Pushing the film six weeks would mean a loss of crew and locations, and a delay for Indiegogo backers. The decision was made to only push shooting by two weeks. After just two weeks of rest, director Wasmund showed up on set with 40 staples in her abdomen.

Wasmund credits the supportive cast and crew with the film’s success. “I definitely felt my personal situation was unfair, but I think the universe tried to make up for it by giving me the best cast and crew out there. People offered extra time, their apartments, cars, and equipment. They made the impossible possible.”

It was also important to many that a film with a Latino lead, and a crew with women in many key roles make it to completion. Says Wasmund,“Latinos have so few speaking roles in Hollywood, and when they do, they’re often stereotypes. Women fill so few key roles on set, so there was no way we were going to let a film with a compelling Latino character, a female director, and DP be set aside.”

Cleverly blending horror, dark comedy, and satire, “At the End of the Tunnel” tells the story of Felix Phelps, a young man with a recent near death experience.  When his revival inspires him to become a born again Christian, Felix decides to write a feel good, tell-all memoir, but, an ex-girlfriend threatens to expose the truth. Felix needs to find a way to keep her silent, or pray she doesn’t tell.

The film’s crew hopes this experience will teach others that there are no excuses in independent film.

The film is now out to festivals and recently released a trailer which can be found at: https://youtu.be/95MSNQ9VOmE.

More information can be found on the film’s website:https://www.attheendofthetunnel.com/

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