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LOGLINE

A young couple on a weekend trip in the American south embark on an impromptu "Bigfoot hunt" that threatens both their relationship & their lives.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Ben & Annie are a young couple living in Chicago, on a weekend trip to Annie's small North Carolina hometown. At the local bar they run into Paul, a charming old friend of Annie's, and Ben learns something he never knew about his girlfriend: She believes in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to "hunt" for the creature when they were kids. Before Ben knows it, he's off on an impromptu Squatchin' trip deep in the Carolina backwoods. Amidst the Squatch calls, campfire stories and beers, Ben quickly realizes that Paul may have an ulterior motive in bringing Annie to the woods. And something else out here seems to be after her as well. Everyone but Ben thinks its Bigfoot. But it can't be, can it? After all, Bigfoot isn't real...

SELECT REVIEW QUOTES

"Successful in warming the hearts and chilling the bones, Stomping Ground is a whole lot of fun to watch." - Ain't It Cool News

"Intriguing, endearing and above all filled with believable and likeable characters... a legitimately frightening horror film centering on the legend of Bigfoot." - Horror Freak News

"One of the most unique approaches to Sasquatch Cinema we've ever seen, far from your typical creature feature; one of the most enjoyable indies of the year thus far." - Cinema Slasher

"Director Dan Riesser keeps things low-key, avoiding silly things like jump scares and the ever popular parade-of-previous-kills." - Atomic Fan Girl

"Finally, a well-made simplistic, yet terrifying story about the legendary Bigfoot that isn’t disgustingly mishandled when interpreted to the big screen." - It's Bloggin' Evil

"A smart, well-made and witty character piece with an excellent cast... This is some very good work from a very talented filmmaker." - Hickey's House of Horrors

"A cast that delivers... Terrific use of the natural settings... A step above most Bigfoot films..." - All Things Horror

"It's not easy to find a creature feature where the characters are as relatable and believable as they are in Stomping Ground." - Film Bizarro

"A cryptozoological delight with a wonderfully odd blend of genres... Very funny comedy, gripping drama, an engaging romance, a kickass soundtrack, and Bigfoot." - Corey Craft, Sidewalk Film Fest

DAN RIESSER - Writer, Director, Executive Producer

Dan Riesser is an Emmy nominated producer & filmmaker based in Los Angeles, originally from North Carolina. His short films have played at festivals worldwide. From 2005 to 2015, his TV producing and directing was seen weekly on E! Entertainment's THE SOUP. Stomping Ground is his first feature film. Dan is repped by Mike De Trana at Anvil Entertainment. For more, visit DANRIESSER.COM.

ALEXANDER SABLOW - Director of Photography

Alexander Sablow is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, and has experience on features, shorts, music videos, and commercials. His work has screened at film festivals including SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival, Locarno, and more. For more, visit ALEXANDERSABLOW.COM.

THERESA TILLY - Actress

Theresa Tilly is an actress best known as one of the original "Ladies of the Evil Dead" from Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Even though Stomping Ground is a movie about a big hairy mythical beast, it’s still a very personal film to me. Making a movie about the south and filming in my home state of North Carolina was important. Telling an authentic character-driven story that doesn’t paint everything in southern stereotypes was crucial. And spending a month “back home” surrounded by old friends and family to bring my first feature film to life was an absolute dream come true. I hope everyone who watches it becomes a believer.

PRODUCTION NOTES

Runtime: 80 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Shooting Format: RED Epic
Sound Mix: Dolby 5.1
Filming Location: North Carolina, USA

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