STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
Time & Location
About The Event
Dean Yurke - Writer / Director (First Feature) Visual effects veteran known for Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel and Harry Potter franchises.
Brie Mattson - Actress | De-railed
Brandon Wardle - Actor | Frisky
William Romano-Pugh - Actor | How to Grow a Tiger Lilly
All will be in attendance for a Q&A after screening
For Stay Out Stay Alive screening Dec 11 at 7pm
Shadowed by a haunting presence in the redwood forest, five young hikers discover an abandoned goldmine dating back to the Gold Rush and descend into madness and greed as the pursuit of easy riches consumes them.
Stay Out Stay Alive : There’s Doom In Them Thar Hills!
A group of young hikers finds that the opportunity for sudden wealth leads them down dangerous paths in the horror outing Stay Out Stay Alive. Greed motivates some members of the party, but the lust for riches proves to be no match for supernatural forces in the forest in this engrossing thriller.
Amy (Christina July Kim) needs to camp out in the forests of Yosemite, California, to work on a research project. Although her boyfriend Kyle (William Romano-Pugh) is reluctant to come along, her friends Donna (Sage Mears) and Bridget (Brie Mattson), along with Bridget’s boyfriend Reese (Brandon Wardle), are more than happy to vacation in the great outdoors. Donna falls into a 19th century goldmine and has her leg pinned under a heavy rock when an earthquake strikes, but the party members soon begin weighing immediate rescue efforts against the possibility of becoming suddenly rich beyond their dreams if they illegally mine gold that they discover. As the friends clash over moral decisions, the lust for greed begins to change some of their personalities, and vengeful spirits from the mine’s early days make their presence known, as well.
Equal parts psychological thriller and supernatural shocker, Stay Out Stay Alive does a fine job of showing the slowly fracturing relationships within the group, as Amy tries to convince her friends to do the right thing, leave the mine as it was, and get Donna to a hospital, while Reese grows ever more unhinged, unpredictable, and dangerous. The suspense picks up when Ranger Susanna (Barbara Crampton) comes to check on the group, and winds up accidentally falling into the mine. The dramatic build-up leads into a third act where the horror elements really ramp up.
Writer/director/producer Dean Yurke has crafted a nifty, taut feature rich in atmosphere, from the beautiful forest landscapes to the claustrophobic mine, and with a terrific storm sequence in the third act. Cinematographer Bill Holshevnikoff captures these settings beautifully, with the electrifying storm action being one of many highlights. Lawson Rollins provides a truly pulse-pounding score
Yurke invests the story with a respect for nature and especially the Native Americans who lost their lives during the California Gold Rush, and uses further real-life inspiration regarding the approximately 500,000 abandoned mines that exist in the United States. His passion for these topics truly comes through, without being heavy handed.
Stay Out Stay Alive is fine, suspenseful scare fare, with rousing set pieces, a pervading sense of doom, masterly direction, and super performances from its ensemble cast. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for as it begins its film festival run.
Writing Credits(in alphabetical order)
Production Design by
Art Direction by
Josie Rodriguez...makeup department head
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Leonard...sound designer / supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Alex Aponte...associate production manager: ILMKathryn Bumala...animationHank Chang...compositorShih Chen Chen...compositorChieh Deng...matte painterRyne Eckenrodt...modelerJanice Ailsa Gunawan...visual effects producerYisong Jin...compositorAdrian Lozano...compositor (as Adriana Lozano)Ana Mei...riggingRuth Meridjen...compositorTareq Mirza...modelling supervisorYoshifumi Morita...lead CompositorJason Patnode...cg supervisorBernardo Pereira...compositorJessica Teach...executive staff: ILMJass Tsai...AAU Compositor SupervisorKun Hang Wu...Lead CompositorShengjie Wu...compositorShanglei Xia...compositorChengChieh Yeh...compositorYuan Yue Yin...matte painterHiromu Yoshida...fx artistYu Hsien Yu...compositorShaolei Zhang...compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Costume and Wardrobe Department
T.J. Moore...assistant editor / digital imaging technician
Lawson Rollins...music supervisor
Chris Armstrong...AAU SupportAndrew S. Cantor...Legal ServicesIlena Ferrer...Unit Production ManagerBecky Mcdonald Johnson...AAU SupportEd Katz...AAU SupportAshley Chiyeko McQuillan...production coordinatorGalina Rozina...AAU Support
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