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Pilgrim Song needs a kick

June 22, 2011

Pilgrim Song is Ashland, Kentucky native Martha Stephens’s second feature film.

Martha’s first film, Passenger Pigeons, played the Oxford Film Festival this year and I was lucky enough to have seen it in 2010 at Indie Memphis. I have watched the development of this second feature from afar and I am quite impressed with this talented young director and can’t wait to see what she does with this film.

The shoot will take place in sixty locations in Louisville, Morehead, Slade, Corbin, Grayson, Greenup as well as Sutton and Charleston, West Virginia.  Filming will commence on July 6th in Louisville.

Pilgrim Song tells the story of James, a pink-slipped middle school teacher who sets off to trek through Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail.  Unhappy with his relationship and place in the world, he hopes to find what is missing in the hills of Appalachia.  Along the way, James crosses paths with Lyman and Bo, a father and son who take him in and help him rediscover what he has lost.

The film stars Louisville native Timothy Morton who played a supporting character in Passenger Pigeons as well as Kentucker Audley’s Team Picture and Holy Land.  Karrie Crouse, who is also the co-writer with Stephens, will co-star as well as Bryan Marshall, who both had roles in Pigeons.

Pilgrim Song’s producers are Adam Tate and Memphis-based Paper Moon Films’ Nick Case & Ryan Watt. They have 14 days left to raise 50 percent of their funds, or a little over $4,000. You can donate as little as $25 or as much as $1000 with perks increasing with each amount. The fundraising website can be found here:

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