Rachel Weiss is a sweet girl with a troubled soul caused by a unique gift - she can see evil spirits within others. After witnessing the brutal killing of her mother, Rachel and her father look for a fresh start by moving to a small town.

A supernatural thriller with strong casting, Within is a haunting look at understanding the difference between good and evil after death.

DIRECTOR : Hanelle M. Culpepper
PRODUCERS : Liam Finn
  : Jacques Thelemaque
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS : Michael Gleissner
    Kacy Andrews
LINE PRODUCER : Jerry Jacobs
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : Keith J. Duggan
EDITOR : Tirsa Hackshaw
WRITER : Rebecca Sonnenshine
PRODUCTION COORDINTOR : John Shafter
PRODUCTION DESIGNER : Craig Siebels
COSTUME DESIGNER : Lisa Norcia
MUSIC SUPERVISOR : Jeffrey Toyne
COMPOSER : Jeffrey Toyne
CASTING : Valerie McCaffrey
  : Pam Giles


MAIN CAST:

"Rachel Weiss"   Mia Ford
"Michelle Lowe"   Sammi Hanratty
"Abby Miller"   Lori Heuring
"Nathan Weiss"   Sam Jaeger
"Steven Lowe"   Brent Sexton
"Berenice Lowe"   Stacey Haiduk


ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Within is set against the backdrop of small town USA after the Weiss family relocates from Los Angeles. Shot in and around the City of Angels, the opening of the film (set in Silverlake) captures Rachel's seemingly unexplained reluctance in entering an otherwise inviting Italian deli. Despite her initial reaction, Rachel finds herself in the deli and subject to a series of unsettling events leading to the disturbing death of her mother.

With an overall budget of under $1 million and shot in just 20 days, the production proved to have its more challenging moments. Producers encountered everything from injured cast members to finding the perfect balance between budget and resources for filming. At one point, actress Janet Rotblatt (Mrs. Stanton) suffered a broken wrist before arriving on set. At another point during filming, it was unclear whether fluctuating production resources would even allow for the crucial fire scene to be shot near the end of the film!

To prepare for the film, Director Hanelle M. Culpepper conducted research even by consulting with a psychic who warned her to beware of bad spirits trying to enter her life while she did the film . The warning was against bad sprits being around the set, she says. "It did freak me out a little bit."

However, for as many obstacles that were overcome on set, there were also plenty of laughs supplied by the young cast. Both Mia Ford (Rachel) and Sammi Hanratty (Michelle Lowe) were best of friends from the first audition and quickly became known as daft pranksters, often targeting producer Jerry Jacobs.

 

 

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