Following an abusive argument with his father, teenage Jonah rushes to escape from his small Vermont town to find a better life. On his way to the train he goes to say goodbye to his high school crush, Mercy, but instead convinces her to go along with him. How- ever, Mercy is unaware that Jonah’s father stole all of his travel money and they have no means of escape. As we follow them to the last train out of town we learn about their complex relationship of misplaced emotions and teenage lust. And in the final hour before the train leaves, Jonah resorts to a desperate act that may destroy everything for him.
Starring Aaron Sauter, Amandine Thomas, James Rich, J. Parker Wood and Alicia Goranson / Executive producers Joseph Marconi, Alberto Ruiz, Danny Abbruzzesi, Paul Price / Assistant director Siena Brown / production manager Michelle Camaya / cinematography by Elia Lyssy / assistant camera Doug Durant, gaffer Edward Pages / production sound design by Patrick Southern / audio post Chris Davis / coloring by Vladimir Kucherov / written, produced, edited and directed by Joseph Marconi.
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2014 Seattle Shorts Film Festival
– Nominated: Best Actress, Amandine Thomas
– Nominated: Best Cinematography, Elia Lyssy
2014 Middle Coast Film Festival
– Winner: Best Director – Short Film
– Winner: One to Watch: Emerging Filmmaker
2014 Orlando Film Festival – Official Selection
2014 NYC Picture Start Film Festival – Official Selection
2014 LA Indie Film Festival – Official Selection
2013 Unofficial Google+ Film Festival – Official Selection
“I have to say that I love everything about The Wood House, from its moody-innocence, to the film’s beautiful screenplay, seamless direction, outstanding acting of all concerned, and fluid camera moves. Notwithstanding the fact that The Wood House‘s fifteen-minute duration moves in a flash and leaves me yearning for more—always a huge plus in any story. Most of all, I love the film’s shocking ending which is a bit ambiguous and open ended, raising questions about the characters, and ourselves, should we find ourselves in similar circumstances. I strongly suggest viewing Joseph Marconi’s very strong and compelling The Wood House.”
– Amy Handler, Film Threat
“Featuring some passionate performances and an engaging ‘stripped down’ soundtrack, The
Wood House is a decent display of a simple premise presented solidly in filmic format.”
– James Cherry, The London Film Review
I’ve always been stuck between the practical and the impractical; the need to fit in contra- dicted within by the need to explore and express myself in new and different artistic ways. But there is an inherent fear of difference and I constantly find myself walking the line be- tween the illusory safety of normalcy, and the terrifying excitement of the unknown. This story is born out of that desire for something else, something beyond the white-walled cube we’ve come to call home and the anxiety that grows like a poison within us that we try so hard to cover up and bury deep down for no one to see.
In an earlier draft of The Wood House I wrote an opening scene in which a naked and blind- folded Jonah walked slowly through a forest. It was early morning and the mist and dew had not yet lifted. As Jonah walked along, fearfully feeling his way through the forest trees, hands began to reach out from behind pulling him backwards from where he came. The harder he fought the harder they grabbed and each step forward became an impossible struggle. This scene of course was a dream sequence but a metaphor I often refer to when I speak about what it is to be an artist and the search to find your own voice.
This isn’t an original story, but it is a personal one. I think at some point we all feel a certain sense of anxiety, a rising fear that there’s something inexplicably wrong with the direction our lives are heading in. And in the whispering thoughts between the noise and distraction of modernity, a thought slowly creeps up our spine and into our frayed nerves that tells us we must run away... as fast as we can. The Wood House is a story about the panic of wanting to escape the gravity of our own circumstances and the crushing and inescapable reality constantly chasing us down.