Jamalee's dreams are made in Hollywood, among tuxedos and palm trees. Jason, blessed with drop-dead good looks, is the local object of female obsession and their ticket out of town. However he hills and hollows of the Ozarks can be a very dangerous place. Sammy is meant to be the muscle Jamalee and Jason need to get out, but not even he can protect them from anything.
Ashcroft, Kelowna, Merritt, Kamloops, BC
Juanita started her storytelling career with the short film THE DOOR which was based on the "Monologue About a Whole Life Written Down on Doors, the testimony of Nikolai Fomich Kalugin" by Svetlana Alexievich (from her book The Chernobyl Prayer). With the the backing of the Irish Film Board, she went to the Ukrainian cities Kiev and Prypiat, described as "the most radioactive place on earth" due to its close proximity to Chernobyl, to film it. She was inspired to go there after seeing an abandoned playground with a Ferris wheel on the Internet. THE DOOR won in the Short Film category at the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 and soon after was nominated in the category of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. THE DOOR also won awards at film festivals held in Bilbao, Cork and Foyle. It also won "best director" at the Polish Grand OFF 2009 as well as winning the Sarajevo Film Festival's Katrin Cartlidge Bursary 2009.
In 2010, Juanita completed her first feature film entitled AS IF I'M NOT THERE, based upon the Slavenka Drakulić book and was a joint Irish production alongside Macedonia and Sweden. The film screened at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival and was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
Soon after, Juanita got her hands on the rights to Daniel Woodrell's (WINTER'S BONE) acclaimed novel, TOMATO RED, and quickly got James Flynn and Liz Gill of Octagon Films to get behind her to bring this haunting drama to life. After casting Julia Garner, Jake Weary, Anna Friel and Nick Roux, they travelled from Dublin, Ireland to the small town of Ashcroft, British Columbia where they were met by Scythia Films' Daniel Bekerman and Co-Producer Daniel Domachowski to take on this thought-provoking Ozarkian adventure.