THE COLEMAN CHRONICLES

 

Episode One:  LOUP GAROU

 

Loup Garou (werewolf in French) is the pilot episode of The Coleman Chronicles.  It is a production of N.E.K. Flix, a community-based ensemble of performers and filmmakers in Caledonia County and other parts of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  This is the fourth film produced by the group.  There are more than 30 roles mostly performed by local actors.  There are 16 scenes recorded in different locations in Caledonia County.  It has a unique style, authentic characters, humor, tragedy, and a home-made quality.

 

Something is killing farm animals, pets, and a child.  The town of St. Johnsbury is divided between those who believe it is a mutant coy-wolf and others who believe that it is a werewolf.  Jude Coleman, a soldier who saw atrocities in Afghanistan, is bitter and angry.  His high school friend, Sarahrose Blake, a death doula and midwife, is the only one who is able to clearly see what he witnessed.  They become targets of Mrs. Pembroke and Pastor Matthews who are local fundamentalist Christians.  There are rumors that Mrs. Pembroke is not simply a religious zealot.  Jude doesn’t want to get involved in another war but is forced to decide to save Sarahrose when they are confronted by the mutant beast.

 

Based on a story by Eddie Garcia and directed by Shalom Gorewitz, there are many appealing performances by young and old actors in surprising scenes throughout the film.  Like all good horror genre films, this one is also parabolic.  The narrative confronts alcoholism, guns, ecological terrorism, the meaning of friendship, and ancient myths.  It ends with a cliff-hanger that will leave viewers wondering about the fate of a character they’ve grown fond of.

 

Community-based filmmaking is a subgenre of Independent Film.  Productions have extremely low budgets, use low end technologies for recording and editing, and are targeted toward specific audiences.  N.E.K. Flix is committed to telling stories that reflect and comment on life in rural America.  Why, in the midst of so much beauty, do people still divide and attack, rather than identify and deal with the real culprits? Werewolves are symbolic of the unknown potentials of Mother Nature to change and adapt as She repels the violence endangering its very existence.

 

Loup Garou: Cast (in order of appearance)

 

Julia O'Toole                           Bonnie Mac

Peter Johnson                         Jude Coleman

Eddie Garcia                           Constable Gardner      

Stephen Wisker                      Nigel Johnson

Christopher Haggett               Sports Store Owner

Elena Jara-Williams                 Sarahrose Blake

Jessica Jara-Williams             Pregnant Woman       

Janet Holden                           Old Woman

Marty Gil                                 Son

Eva Holden                              Daughter

Joe Godwin                             Farmer Joe

Barry Glick                               Farmer Barry   

Melanie Doherty                     Abbey Edwards

Rachel Hadas                          Ovid Expert

Calvin Longe                            Farmer Luke

Madeleine Winfield                Pagan Friend

Melinda Mason                       Woman in the car

Dave Young                             Father Coleman          

Cindy Young                            Mother Coleman

Sean Morgan                          Jude's Stepbrother

JT Dodge                                 Dr. Nicholls

Susan Montague                     Reporter

Julie Knight                             Mrs. Pembroke

Michael Farrand                     Pastor Matthews

Ursula Malabre Speichern      Woman in Crowd

Autumn Chamberlain             Market Singer

Carlinne DeLima                     Woman in Crowd

Michael Barros                        Man in Crowd

Meg Kistin Anzalone               Woman in Crowd

Eric Knight                               Man in Crowd

 

Soundtrack

 

Menace Ultimo                        Ben Neill

Lightning Crashes                    Live

Lonely                                      The Lovin' Spoonful

Walking Down the Country     Shuggie Otis

I Wanna Run                           Autumn Chamberlain

Alpha Dub                               Ben Neill

Forging the Beast                    Johann Johansson

Hey, Jude                                 Lennon/McCartney

Performed by Wilson Pickett

 

Assistant Director

Elena Jara-Williams

 

Puppet Fabrication and Performance

Julia O'Toole

 

Additional Camerawork

Jessica Jara-Williams

 

Production Assistant and 

NEK FLIX Animation

Sean Morgan

 

Special thanks to

 

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

St. Johnsbury Police

SMD Outdoors/ St. Michael's Defense

Boxcar and Caboose Bookstore

Eastern and Main Market Deli

Primal Botanical

Limbo Line Genuine Jamaican

 

Produced in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, July 2022

 

Recorded on Canon XA11 Camcorder

Edited on Mini Mac using Final Cut Pro

 

Note:  Participation in this project was voluntary.  No one was paid.  There was no budget or support by public or private funding agencies.