A long-empty farmstead holds secret worlds, accidentally unlocked by an amateur photographer and his wife.
The Field is a smart, arthouse-y and gorgeously filmed paranormal with sci-fi elements in the spirit ofThe Wicker Man and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film stars Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Birds), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City), Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Borchardt (American Movie, Coven) and Tim Higgins (Funny or Die’s Hey, Pass Me a Beer!, Red Letter Media’s Half in the Bag.)
To save their marriage, Ben and Lydia (Tim Higgins, Kara Mulrooney) risk it all and buy a farmstead in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (Making a Murderer.) Lydia is determined to transform the rotting house into a dream home and finally start a family, but Ben’s photographs reveal they’re not alone…
Mysterious figures begin appearing in Ben’s photos and Lydia unearths grotesque artifacts in their house. An odd woman called Edith (Veronica Cartwright) is found to be living in a chicken coop on their property. Sheriff Roy (Mark Metcalf) tells the couple that Edith was abducted as a girl and gallery owner George (Barry Bostwick) warns Ben to stop taking pictures. Or else.
Ben’s curiosity leads to a chilling scene where his strobe light gun shows there is not one but dozens of ghostly people occupying their land. Days later a storm approaches and Edith becomes agitated. Ben and Lydia try to help but with a great flash, Lydia and Edith disappear. Can Ben evade Sheriff Roy long enough to unlock the secrets hidden in their field and save his wife?
DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, & CO-WRITER Tate Bunker
Edith Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Birds, The Right Stuff, The Witches of Eastwick)
George Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City)
Sheriff Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Cashier Mark Borchardt (American Movie, Coven, Late Show with David Letterman)
Ben Tim Higgins (Funny or Die’s Pass Me a Beer, Red Letter Media’s Mr. Plinkett’s Reviews, Space Cop)
Lydia Kara Mulrooney (Little Red, Mickey Burgermeister, Scapegoat)
Miles O’Neil, Curtis Brehm, & Tate Bunker
PRODUCER Bethany Michaels
Anthony Wood & Tate Bunker
DISTRIBUTOR Gravitas Ventures
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY – TATE BUNKER www.tatebunker.com
Bunker’s lush images and mastery behind the lens make him one of the Midwest’s premier filmmakers. Ambitious and resourceful, Bunker has directed more than 30 films in the last 10 years. In 2013 his feature film Little Red won “Best Feature” and “Audience Choice Award” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the Canada International Film Festival, and “Best Wisconsin Film” at the Beloit International Film Festival. Bunker has been involved with more than 250 commercial projects and his other accolades include one Emmy Award and two Emmy nominations, three Milwaukee Film Festival “Best Milwaukee Filmmaker” awards, and a Paris Film Festival “Best Cinematography” prize for his short, Starlite. A Colorado native, Bunker received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where he now teaches film production.
- Digital release: Tues., Sept. 24
iTunes, Amazon Video, & addl. platforms (TBD Aug. 24)
- Theatrical screenings: Filmmaker and actors in attendance
- NYC: Sat., Sept. 28 @ 8pm – Anthology Film Archives
- CHI: Oct. 1 & 8 – The Gene Siskel Film Center
- LA: Thurs., Oct. 3 @ 8pm – The Vista Theatre
- Festival screenings (more being added): Filmmaker and actors in attendance
- Scarefest Horror & Paranormal Film Festival Sept. 12-15
- Milwaukee Film Festival, Oct. 17-31
- Twin Cities Film Festival, Oct. 16-26
- Driftless Film Festival, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 Opening Night Film