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New York Times  best-selling  author Annie Bell is under pressure to deliver a new book to her adoring, yet fickle fans. Over the years she has taken criticism for her unapologetic honesty and the scandalous detailing of her private life. Self-obsessed and pushing forty, she spends her days in her luxury Manhattan high rise, isolated and alone. At a bookstore appearance Annie abruptly announces that she plans to write about the one big mystery left in her life: her mother. Shortly after she receives a call from her older sister Ronogh, a small-town shut-in who lives upstate not far from their childhood home. Ronogh has news: their mother, Margareta, is missing.


Annie is forced to return to her hometown to search for her mother and work on her book, but the mystery deepens when Annie uncovers ceremonial artifacts and ancient drawings alluding to Norse Mythology in her mother’s possessions. She enlists the town deputy and a local college professor to decipher some of the clues, but with each new discovery she grows more confused about her mother’s role in these forgotten traditions. Spiraling into obsession, Annie struggles to maintain her sanity. When Margareta finally materializes, Annie must decide whether to heed the warnings, or step into the darkness in search of the truth.

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Meet the Team


 Lisa Donmall-Reeve

Lisa is the creative director and founder of LDR Creative, an LA based production company that works on film and theatre projects from development through to completion. Lisa has won multiple awards and has completed several shorts, as well as feature length documentary, which had it’s premiere  at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival. 


Lisa migrated from a successful and extensive career in theatre, which armed her with all the essential cross transferable skills for producing. She is a true collaborator with a passion for storytelling.    


Noor Gharzeddine

Noor is an award-winning filmmaker living between NY, LA and Beirut. Her bilingual debut feature, ‘Are You Glad I’m Here’, traveled to over 20 film festivals world-wide and won numerous awards before being released theatrically and online.  She was a member of the 2019 Artist Academy at Lincoln Center and recently joined Lief’s roster of new talent. 


Noor is drawn to films that blend hyper-realism with absurdity, and tragedy with comedy. She has a BA in Film and Electronic Arts from Bard College, where she had the privilege of studying under influential filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Ben Coonley and Peter Hutton.


Matt Bailey

Matt is an award-winning actor and screenwriter. A California kid at heart, he has performed in over thirty states, including On and Off-Broadway. His screen credits include “The Path”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Incompleteness”, as well as several feature films including  SET IT UP, SOLD OUT, and KENDRA & BETH.


As a writer he has written over twenty scripts, many of which have gone into production. His work has been screened in several film festivals across the country.


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Matt Simpkins

Matt is an award-winning cinematographer and colorist. He is the co-founder of On The Rocks Films, where he serves as the Creative Director and Resident Director of Photography. While enjoying a successful career as a performer, Matt discovered a love for photography, and his interest in cameras, films and visual storytelling led him behind the scenes. 


Since then, Matt has shot, directed and produced numerous shorts and a feature length documentary, ‘Uprooted’, which premiered at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival in New York. 


Greg Roderick

After over 20 years in the Broadway theater community, Greg is now the co-owner of On The Rocks Films, a boutique production company based in New York City. Working as a producer, editor, assistant director and script supervisor, Greg has completed over 20 films, in both the documentary and narrative fields. 


As editor, his work has screened at 32 film festivals worldwide, garnering awards for his team and nominations for best editing. Some award winners include ‘Early Mourning’, ‘Free’, ‘Talismans’, ‘For Better’, ‘Paternal Instinct’, and ‘The Blizzard’.


Melanie Waldron

Melanie is a producer, director, writer, actor and professional fundraiser. She is passionate about storytelling through a diverse lens. Her own films have focused on women and queer perspectives. 


As a fundraising professional, Melanie consults nonprofit organizations on strategic fundraising, with a focus on the importance of impactful storytelling at events. She lives in New York City with her wife and two furry daughters. 


Vibecke Dahle-Dellapolla

Vibecke is a producer, photographer and choreographer. Her extensive background in dance and theater inspired her to explore the world of photography and producing both film and theatrical productions. She is executive producer on the feature length documentary “Uprooted”, the journey of Jazz Dance. She is Associate Producer on the short film “Double Exposure”. Her current theatrical project is co-producing the world’s first Theremin Audio Musical “Falling in love with Mr. Dellamort”. Her passion for storytelling and teamwork are important factors for choosing her projects. 

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