“Stormchaser” by Gretl Claggett Features Female Empowerment
Filmmaker Gretl Claggett wrote and directed a short film / narrative pilot called "Stormchaser".I'm not sure which Midwestern state is portrayed in this 27-minute movie, but the license plate said Missouri, so I'll fiercely...

Filmmaker Gretl Claggett wrote and directed a short film / narrative pilot called "Stormchaser".

I'm not sure which Midwestern state is portrayed in this 27-minute movie, but the license plate said Missouri, so I'll fiercely guess it was Missouri.

Gretl's independent film, which could turn into a pilot if all goes well, won the AMC Networks Best Woman Creator's Award at Stareable Fest 2020 and now travels the festival circuit. "Stormchaser" will be screened at Girl film festival in Milwaukee November 13-20. She will be my guest on my Weekly Wilson podcast on November 19the at 7pm (CDT) to talk about this film and its burgeoning career, in the wake of director Chelsea Christer of “Bleeding Audio” (43rd Denver Film Festival).

So what is the plot of "Stormchaser"?

"Storm chaser"

I expected this to be up-close and personal information about tornadoes and their devastating effects on those trapped there -[which was me on two memorable occasions in my life.]

Not the case.

"Stormchaser" is about Bonnie Blue (Mary Birdsong from "The Descendants"), who grew up chasing tornadoes with her father and is now making a statement for the empowerment of women. She's trapped in a degrading job as a sales assistant for Flip Smith's shingle and siding business, where "Flip the Switch" is the go-to phrase for sellers. (Nice play from Stephen Plunkett, who has been recognized for his good work at several film festivals.)

The film begins with a young Bonnie slipping into the cab of the truck next to her father as they seek to chase away a tornado, described as "a gift from the infinite universe". They meet "a great river of air" and set off on a race. Later, a radio preacher is heard of a "visual manifestation of unrest just below the surface". At this point, the turmoil has all but spread to the outside world.

"Storm chaser"

Oddly enough, I wrote this review in my basement (hoping I don't lose the power and the internet while working) during a tornado warning for the Chicago area and Illinois on 10/11, which lasted up to 3 p.m. It's a classic gesture of serendipity as I was actually crouching in my basement avoiding the possible consequences of a tornado while watching "Stormchaser".

The film becomes the story of an elderly woman - just a woman in a male-dominated workplace - who stands up for her rights. She's disconnected, facing a recession, and facing a boss (Stephen Plunkett from "The Mend") who deserves whatever comes to her in the course of the film.

Mary Birdsong ("The descendants") portrays Bonnie Blue and does a great job. Plunkett won the Best Actor award for this film at the Grove Film Festival (New Jersey) and the cast won the award for best ensemble cast at the Richmond International Film Festival. Plunkett was also nominated for Best Actor at the Idyllwild Film Festival.

Filmmaker Gretl Claggett said: “I created 'Stormchaser' as a dark and funny allegory, in which the main characters represent different facets of our socio-political system, old America and the culture of the right to change its face and values ​​of a new America struggling to find its way. "

Tune in on November 19e at 7pm (CDT) when Gretl and I talk about "Stormchaser" and his past and future film projects. (866-451-1451)

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