About the Film and Filmmakers

The Story

At an exclusive boarding school filled with girls in navy, no one seems to see Miranda. Alone in the world, she longs to find someone who’ll watch over her. Each day, she gazes at the woods beyond her window, believing something more beautiful than she could imagine must be within it ~ something she belongs with. Though the wood is forbidden, a secret letter, an old diary, and a ring she finds at the school lead her to the wood and a mystery ~ and to believe in things felt, but unseen.

The Film

After WGA Award winner, television producer and writer Monica Macer (“Lost,” “Prison Break,” “Nashville”) read the script for “In this Wood,” she wrote [writer/director] Therese Kim, “You have a very unique voice,” and advised the short film be given the best treatment possible. The advice was heeded. Casting for the role of Miranda had been going on for several months when young actress Jenna Craig appeared. Jenna’s sensitivity and ability to use her imagination bring emotional truth to the screen. Wood’s lush images were filmed by Director of Photography Jimmy Lindsey (who shoots most of Robert Rodriguez’ films). Twice Oscar-nominated John Pritchett C.A.S. is sound mixer. The cast and crew brought to life a short that noted filmmakers said is “compelling,” “beautifully, classically executed,” “very mystical;” and “has a traditional ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ feel to it.” “Wood” is in advanced stages of post production.

The Filmmakers

THERESE KIM

Producer, Director and Writer Therese Kim was born in New Jersey and lived in New York until she was five, when her family moved to Austin. She studied journalism and government at The University of Texas at Austin. After taking a production class for work, Therese discovered filmmaking allowed one to create a “reality” from imagination. And that it combines her key interests: visual storytelling and music. “In this Wood” is her third short film.

JIMMY LINDSEY

Executive Producer/Director of Photography Jimmy Lindsey has shot a wide variety of projects as principal or second unit Director of Photography for directors such as Robert Rodriguez. He studied as an operator or assistant under several respected cinematographers, including: Caleb Deschanel ASC; Roman Osin BSC; Bob Yoeman ASC; and Academy Award Winner Guillermo Navarro ASC; and is a member of The International Cinematographers Guild and The Society of Camera Operators. His director of photography and operator credits include: Grindhouse (Planet Terror/Deathproof), The Return, Mexican Sunrise, Shark Boy & Lava Girl, Sin City, Spy Kids 3D, Love Comes to the Executioner, Secondhand Lions, The Slainsville Boys, Spy Kids 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and dozens of national/regional commercials.

SEBASTIAN VEGA

Producer Sebastian Vega spent ten years in motion picture camera departments before moving into shooting and directing high-end corporate programming for clients such as Dell, Applied Materials, and Holt Rinehart & Winston. He has managed projects for clients such as AT&T, Texas Department of Health, Logitech, WalMart, and Seton Healthcare Network; and is a member of IATSE 600 Union. Sebastian’s credits as First Assistant Camera include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Dazed and Confused, Blank Check, Hope Floats, The Underneath, and Spy Kids II, and more than 100 regional and national commercials.

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