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An Interview with Tricia Lee, Director of Silent Retreat

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2013

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We have talked about your movieSilent Retreat quite a bit before [click here] - but do bring us up to speed: What is it about?


Silent Retreat is Tricia Lee's second genre feature film. In December 2011, she attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Her writing partner Corey Brown told her "think of a thriller while you're there". And when the kernel from Tricia's experience was fertilized with the creative juices from Corey's mind, so Silent Retreat was born.



In this quiet horror film, Janey is sent to a silent meditation retreat in the middle of the woods for rehabilitation, only to discover that the men who run it are brainwashing women to be quiet and submissive, and if she breaks the rules, she'll discover what lurks beyond the trees ...


You have only recently launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign - so what can you tell us about your campaign, and what will the money you raise go into?


We raised just enough money to finish shooting the movie. It was a bare bones budget and everyone came out and worked (crazy long hours, over night, in the cold) for free. We are looking to raise $30,000 to complete post production.


All contributions will help us share the theme of this movie with audiences around the world. This isn't just a bloody, scary creature feature. It's about women letting their voices be heard and standing up because they matter in this world.


These are our steps to completion and what we will be using the money for...


Picture Editing:

- Fine Cut

- Picture Lock


Sound Editing:

- Hire sound designer

- Sound Design, Edit and Mix (including ADR and Foley Recording)



- Hire Composer

- Compose Music Score and add soundtrack songs



- Colour correction

- Titles

- Package, output and deliver



- Production of extended multi-media engagement


People love perks - so what are some of the perks you are giving away with the campaign?


You can pre-order your digital download copy of the movie, receive a signed collector's edition DVD or your name in the credits and an invitation to a private screening of the movie with the cast and crew. For larger contributions, we are offering special props from the movie and the opportunity to sit in on our sound design sessions and colour correct sessions with a catered lunch! There is also a chance to be named an executive producer on our movie.


Crowdfunding has become quite popular in the indie community of late - so why did you turn to crowdfunding and where do you see the advantages (and maybe also disadvantages) in raising your funds that way?


We want to get our movie out there and get people excited about it before it's even done. We want to get to know our audience and share the journey with them. The advantages about using a site like IndieGoGo is that we can keep the funds we raise, even if we don't raise our goal - I suppose the disadvantage is that we have to get A LOT of contributions to raise our goal. If everyone donated $50, we would need 600 to contribute to raise our $30,000 goal.


Incidently, you launched your crowdfunding campaign the same day Zach Braff launched his - so what do you think about big Hollywood names now starting to use the same routes to fund their films as you indie filmmakers?


Silent Retreat’s crowdfunding campaign was launched on the same day as Braff’s campaign, which has sparked a passionate debate on social media sites such as Twitter. Fueled by anger about big Hollywood names who have access and money that the average independent artist doesn’t, crowdfunding proponents seem to feel that Braff’s campaign goes against what crowdfunding was created to accomplish.


At its heart, crowdfunding was created to support big ideas and big visions from companies who only have a little bit of money. It's about the global community banding together to support projects that would never have the chance to succeed without the help of an invested group of supporters.  Crowdfunded projects have given independent artists a chance to have their voice heard in a world where the louder and popular voices seem to always win. It's about putting the indie back into film to create movies that stem from passion and inspiration, movies like Silent Retreat.


Somehow related to the last question: What routes other than a crowdfunding campaign do you as an indie filmmaker have to raise your funds? And what keeps you going?


We are going to private investors to raise funds as well. They want to see a track record and the crowfunding will help show them that people are interested in the movie and they are putting their money where their mouth is.


What keeps us going is the simple fact that we will finish this movie no matter what. We will find a way to complete post production even if we don't reach our $30,000 goal. It might take longer and we might have to search harder, but we are excited about this film and it will get out to the market sooner or later!


Any idea when and where the movie will be released onto the general public yet?


We are aiming to finish it by August and premiere it at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, a great genre festival in my hometown.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


We are in development for One Drop, another creature feature.

Logline: A creature feature about a heroin addict who participates in a drug study, only to wake up and find that she's nine months pregnant and everyone in the medical facility is dead.


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Producer / Director: Tricia Lee

Producer: Chris Agoston

Writer: Corey Brown

Line Producer: Chris Luckhardt

Director of Photography: Christian Bielz

Production Designer: Jennifer Morden

SPFX Designer: Shaun Hunter

Editor: Mike Reisacher

Cast: Chelsea Jenish, Sofia Banzhaf, Robert Nolan

Grab a perk, keep up to date on the latest developments and join us on the "Silent Retreat journey". It's been a fun and creative one so far!

Whether you can contribute financially or not, please share this project with your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and the baker down the street. If we can get this film and our story out to as many people as possible, that is the ultimate goal.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you!


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