TILT is a thriller about a father, PAUL, who has to pick up the pieces after his daughter, LIZ, is attacked.
The setting: Brainerd, MN, the town he’s lived in his whole life.
The suspects: people he’s known almost as long.
THE STORY: Paul hasn’t connected with his daughter for over 10 years, but when their world is turned upside down by an unthinkable act, he has to decide what’s more important: doing the right thing or setting things right? TILT is about revenge & forgiveness, betrayal & redemption, and second chances…small town style.
THE TIMELINE: Phil Holbrook pitched the idea for TILT to writers Julie Keck and Jessica King (who work together as King is a Fink Productions) in January of 2010; they wrote the treatment over the course of a week in January, then finished the first-ish draft of the screenplay in April; script revision, location scouting, and casting occurred throughout the summer of 2010; principal photography occurred over 11 days in September of 2010; editing and other post-production activities will dominate winter and spring months, and release is targeted for Summer 2011.
THE LOCATION: TILT was filmed in Brainerd, Minnesota, where many kind friends and generous strangers provided essential services (catering, sets, roles as extras, etc.) that made this movie possible.
THE FUNDS: During the summer of 2010, the TILT crew successfully raised over $15k for TILT via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where they pitched the idea for their film and gathered over 200 backers who provided essential financial resources as well as moral support.
THE SOCIAL MEDIA MADNESS: Phil, Julie, Jessica, and Jeremy have worked hard to build and play with the audience for TILT from the start of this project. They’ve documented their filmmaking process on Twitter, on Facebook, on their blog, with video blogs, and with TILTtheTown, a digital community they built on Google Maps as a thank you to their Kickstarter backers.
THE MUSIC: The TILT Team turned to their audience for help in finding a composer for the TILT score. Fourteen talented composers submitted sample of their work, and fans voted for their favorites on the TILT website. Out of the top 4 audience choices, the TILT team picked Bill Finn, who is working on the score as you read this…
INDIE MOVIE CAMEOS: Within the movie TILT, there are several scenes in which characters are watching movies, so the TILT team invited other indie feature directors to submit trailers for their own movies for a chance at a TILT cameo. The fans voted again, and the winners were Mark Thimijan’s BARSTOOL COWBOY and Gary King’s DEATH OF THE DEAD. The runners up – Gary’s NEW YORK LATELY and Lucas McNelly’s BLANC DE BLANC – might also see a little screen time if the stars align…
THE SHORTS: Since it’s going to be a little while before TILT is finished, the TILT team plans to release 4 shorts based on side characters from TILT. Each short will dig a little deeper into what life in TILT’s fictional setting is like. You won’t need to see the shorts to understand TILT, but why not give them a peek?
Wanna know more about TILT? Check out the videos here on MUBI and check out the TILT website.
TILT director Phil Holbrook reveals the ins and outs of Day Two on the TILT set.
Phil discusses day 3 on the set of the indie film TILT.
This short character study gives some insight into the life of Betty, the grocery clerk, from the feature…
Setting: Brainerd, MN Occassion: EgoFest 2010 Writers Julie Keck and Jessica King get more than they…
Meet the TILT crew! Follow the TILT crew in this behind-the-scenes video shot during the TILT shoot…
Meet the cast of TILT! Behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast of TILT.