Mt. Molehill

In the late 1800s, a young girl traverses the dangerous mountain wilderness in order to enact revenge upon the grizzly bear responsible for her father's death.
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Charissa Shugg
Film
Denver, Colorado
United States
7 Team Members

In the late 1800s, a young girl traverses the dangerous mountain wilderness in order to enact revenge upon the grizzly bear responsible for her father's death.


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What We Need

Filmmaking isn't a cheap endeavor. Location permits need to be acquired, wardrobe needs to be sewn, 1:1 scale model trains need to be assembled. We don't want to resort to stealing bear cubs and raising them as our own (not only dangerous but time consuming) because we're going the professional route (this time) (RIP Dudley).

Your donation will go towards:

  • Props and Wardrobe
  • Location Fees
  • Stunts and Animal Wranglers
  • Airfare for Talent
  • Distribution


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Wow, just look at those perks. It's all too good to be true, right? Wrong, there's no catch. You should probably sit down a second, it's a lot to take in.


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Meet the Team

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Our Previous Work

Last year we completed The S Word, which is earning rave reviews at film festivals worldwide.

Director Bio / Q & A

  Jesse Stewart was born and raised in Colorado. He began making short films in high school, leading him to be accepted to Colorado Film School where he earned his Associates Degree and accolades including nominations and wins for Best Production 1, Production III and Best Writing.

  Refusing to be a team player in the arena of comedy vs drama, his work walks the tightrope between laughter and lamination. His latest film, The S Word, which skewers smiles from the concept of terminal illness, is currently playing at film festivals worldwide.

Q: What have been your biggest lessons learned as a film director?

A: I think writing and directing and making films in general is a good way for anyone to grow closer to other people and learn how to empathize with others at a deeper level. In telling stories through filmmaking, I’ve learned that there is something very important and necessary about showing people how dark and cold the world really is and how bright and warm we’re capable of making it. Not ever ending needs to be a happy one but I’ve learned that, like all art, an audience wants to see themselves in your work and it’s important not to waste their time or patronize them. It’s taught me to respect everyone for who they are.

Q: Why Mt. Molehill? Why should people care?

A: This is a very uncommon film that’s entire existence is inherently unique and built to stand out. It is a film about American history. It’s about coming of age. It’s about survival. It’s about finding yourself. It lives in that rare crevice between comedy and drama, where reality calls home. It doesn’t exist to further an agenda or prove a point. By the end of the film, no matter what walk of life you come from, you will see yourself as an eight year old Chinese girl facing off against a grizzly bear in the old Colorado wilderness, and grow more comfortable in your own identity as she does.

Q: What’s the long term plan for Mt. Molehill? 

A: Because the film was written to be as historically accurate as possible, I would like this film to be shown to children and young adults through whatever methods possible. I believe that the youth are- heavily patronized and marginalized in the media and this is the kind of story they can use to base their adolescence on. Distribution through Netflix or other worldwide streaming avenues is the goal (there is little dialog so international distribution is not out of the question). I would like to use it to generate funding for a low-budget feature film as well, diving again into the world of adolescence and the hyper-unusual situations they can find themselves in.

Q: What troubles regarding making this film excite you the most?

A: As Mario Andretti once said, “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”

I believe in competition and self-improvement, and that nothing worth filming happens inside the comfort zone. Though I have experience with each individually, it is impossible to deny that working with children and animals on an outdoor period piece will be challenging. Though the combination will undoubtedly yield results and rewards both unfathomable and undeniable.

Q: Who are your influences and how to they tie into Mt. Molehill?

A: There is an indisputable cleverness to all of Sergio Leone’s work that I can only hope to succeed in emulating, specifically the dichotomous relationship of humor and darkness in Once Upton A Time in the West. A more contemporary example of the duality I hope to capture exists in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood as well, which does a remarkable job of not relegating and delegating characters into petty ‘good vs evil’ quarrels. Musically, the sorrow and savagery present in Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring has always been a constant inspiration in conjunction with the ecstasy and triumph flowing through the composer’s later work, The Firebird.


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    All of the above, plus: Blu-Ray digital download (Special Edition with special features), a donation in your name to the Denver Children's Home, and a personal thank you phone call from the director (if you don't mind)

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    All of the above, plus: watch the film come to life with an all-inclusive (food and lodging) trip to Colorado to be our special guest on set! Meet the cast+crew, and watch us feed production assistants to the bear!

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