An ordinary woman must summon extraordinary courage to survive a nightmare odyssey in this harrowing survival thriller. Sawyer (Hermione Corfield) is an ambitious, overachieving college senior with a seemingly bright future. While on her way to a job interview, a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the frozen Kentucky woods. Suddenly, the young woman with everything to live for finds herself facing her own mortality as she’s punished by the elements and pursued by a band of ruthless outlaws. With nowhere left to run, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with Lowell (Jay Paulson), an enigmatic loner with shadowy intentions. Though she’s not sure she can trust him, Sawyer must take a chance if she hopes to escape Rust Creek alive.
Hermione Corfield as Sawyer Scott
Hermione Isla Corfield is a British model and actress who studied at the University College of London and the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in New York. She made her film debut in the 2014 film 50 Kisses, an ambitious project that earned rave reviews at the London Independent Film Festival.
Hermione has since gone on to appear in supporting roles in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation with Tom Cruise, Mr. Holmes with Sir Ian McKellen, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies directed by Burr Steers, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage opposite Vin Diesel, and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legends of the Sword. She was singled out for particular acclaim among the talented ensemble of ITV’s short-lived drama The Halcyon.
More recently Hermione played the part of A-Wing pilot Tallie Lintra in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In addition to Rust Creek, Hermione will star opposite Alice Eve in the thriller Bees Make Honey, and in a leading role in the upcoming Simon Pegg / Nick Frost horror-comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez.
Jay Paulson as Lowell Pritchert
Jay Paulson is an industry veteran whose credits reveal a versatile actor equally at home in a period drama or a four camera sitcom. Lauded for his turn as Adam Whitman on AMC's Madmen and as lovable recluse Physical Phil on ABC's October Road, Jay recurs as Edgar Abbott in the second season of Freeform's Beyond and is featured in the upcoming Philip K. Dick anthology series Electric Dreams for Amazon. He’s is currently working on Patty Jenkins’ TNT limited series One Day She’ll Darken with Chris Pine.
His film appearances include supporting roles in studio pictures like GO, Can't Hardly Wait, and The Marc Pease Experience, as well as leading roles in independent features such as Black Rock, Lucky Bastard, and Rust Creek.
Jay earned a degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. He resides in Venice Beach with his wife, two sons, and their dog Rupa. An avid reader, he is a nationally ranked competitive scrabble player, writes poetry and enjoys distance running.
Sean O’Bryan as Sheriff O’Doyle
Sean O’Bryan has been seen on-screen in a host of features including Yes Man, opposite Jim Carrey, Vantage Point, with Dennis Quaid, Phenomenon, with John Travolta, and Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin, starring Robert Downey Jr. He has made eight films for director Garry Marshall, including both of The Princess Diaries movies. Most recently, Sean played Ray Monroe in Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London Has Fallen. Early in his career Sean also starred in Rust Creek producer Stu Pollard’s directorial debut, Nice Guys Sleep Alone.
Sean’s television work includes a recurring role on The Middle, a guest arc on Six Feet Under, series regular roles on Persons Unknown and Brother’s Keeper, and guest appearances on Agent Carter, Workaholics, The Mentalist, Glee, Leverage, Bones, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Cold Case, Felicity, Married with Children, and the original Beverly Hills 90210, among others.
Among his many theatre credits, Sean has appeared in two critically acclaimed Terrence McNally plays directed by John Tillinger: It’s Only a Play at the Ahmanson Theatre, and The Libson Traviata at the Mark Taper Forum.
Micah Hauptman as Hollister Pritchert
Raised in Philadelphia, PA, Micah Hauptman began studying theater at West Chester University and continued his training at the prestigious Actors Studio, MFA program in NYC. After relocating to LA he was signed by CAA off his first feature spec, Less Than Kind, which was optioned by director/ producer Lee Daniels.
Micah’s most recent projects are The Riot Act, Just A Little Bit Longer, Asher, and Anything (2017 LA Film Festival), which he produced with his manager/ producing partner Ofrit Peres, Louise Runge, and executive producer Mark Ruffalo. Some additional highlights are his breakout role in Parker directed by Taylor Hackford, a recurring arc on Showtime’s Homeland, Universal / Working Title’s Everest, which opened both the Venice and Deauville Film Fests, and Fishkill, a pilot presentation directed by Bob Balaban.
Micah will make his directorial debut next year with D is for Detroit, a film that uses the racial divide and income inequality of Detroit as an allegory for the country as a whole. Micah also wrote the script and will star opposite Omari Hardwick.
Daniel R. Hill as Buck Pritchert
Daniel R. Hill is a Los Angeles based actor & writer originally from Louisville, KY. He is 7 years classically trained, earning a BA in Theatre Performance and then a MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of South Carolina; where he was also trained in acting on camera.
Daniel worked extensively in professional theatre for the past decade at such theatres as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare, National Black Theatre Festival, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has also taught master classes in Auditioning, Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Acting on Camera at multiple universities, while guest directing productions such as Hamlet, Othello, and Sylvia.
Daniel is also a former college football player with a diverse background in combat for both stage and film. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by Discover Management (LA & NY) and Heyman Talent Agency (Southeast & Midwest). In addition to Rust Creek, he can be seen in the upcoming horror film The Orchard as well as the Fox medical drama The Resident.
Jeremy Glazer as Katz
Born and raised in NY, Jeremy Glazer began his professional acting career after graduating with a BA in Theater and Communications from the University of Delaware. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Jeremy quickly landed a role in the Oscar winning Letters From Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood. Other films roles followed, including Save Me, Good Dick, and Playing It Cool.
Jeremy has appeared in numerous guest and recurring roles on television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Bones, The Mentalist, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, CSI, and Cold Case. He received a Best Lead Actor nomination for an ISA Award in the web series These People and recently played the lead in the pilot The Strivers. Jeremy continues to work in theatre whenever possible.
In his spare time, Jeremy volunteers with Meals on Wheels, HashtagLunchbag and the Art of Elysium at The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He also created the variety benefit show Feed The Love, fundraising and bringing awareness to The L.A. Food Bank.
John Marshall Jones as Slattery
A veteran of the stage and screen, John Marshall Jones’s baritone voice and imposing 6’3” stature led to early success in Hollywood, landing him roles as a Military Police Officer in both Good Morning, Vietnam and Casualties of War. He has continued to play authority figures and tough guys for more than 35 years.
He has worked with such stars as Oscar winners Sean Penn, Helen Hunt, Jamie Foxx, Forrest Whittaker, Robin Williams, and Steve Martin. He's had five TV series, 20 feature films, has made over 200 episodic TV appearances, including recent roles on Bosch, The Fosters, Criminal Minds, The League, The Mentalist, In The Cut, Mann and Wife, Hart of Dixie, Battle Creek, Shameless, Glee, Pretty Little Liars, Bones, NCIS, as well as the upcoming film, Paint it Black.
An award winning theater actor, John is the creator of “Mastering The Audition,” an audition training program for actors. He loves working with young actors and, because of his work on kid’s shows like The Troop and the long running hit Smart Guy kids love him back.
Director: Jen McGowan
Jen McGowan is a director based in Los Angeles. Her first feature Kelly & Cal, starring Juliette Lewis, Cybill Shepherd, and Jonny Weston, premiered at SXSW Film Festival where she won the Gamechanger Director Award. The film was released by IFC Films to rave reviews.
Jen got her start with award-winning short films, Confessions of a Late Bloomer and Touch, both of which played at over a hundred festivals in the US and abroad. She is also the creator of filmpowered.com, a skill-sharing site by women and for women in the film and television industry. The site was named Best in LA of 2016 by LA Weekly. It was also featured on Indiewire and is part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative Resource.
Jen is a Film Independent Fellow, a finalist for the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award, and a recipient of the AWD Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing. She was also named one of Vulture’s Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring.
Rust Creek is her second feature film.
Writer: Julie Lipson
Julie Lipson is from Northern California and graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a joint major in Film and English. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Writer’s Scholarship for poetry. She was a California Junior Miss (talent) and an American scholarship Winner for Piano Performance at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. She holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California (2011).
Julie is currently writing the one-hour drama EXCESS with Universal Cable Productions and E! Network. The pilot follows bottle service waitresses circulating in the high-end clubs of New York City. Most recently she sold a series pitch to the studio, Super Deluxe. The show is based on the New York Times Bestselling Y/A novel, OBEDIENCE, and is writing the one-hour pilot for the studio.
Julie developed the project CHILDREN OF THE SUN at Echo Lake with director Keith Gordon (Homeland, Fargo), as well as OLYMPUS REBORN with Bob Cooper and eOne. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America West.
Producer: Stu Pollard
Rust Creek marks the eighth feature film Stu Pollard has produced in whole or part in his home state of Kentucky. Other recent producing credits include Alexandra Shiva's Syrian refugee documentary This Is Home (2018 Sundance premiere), the powerful high school drama And Then I Go (2017 LA Film Festival premiere), David Haskell’s debut feature The Outdoorsman (2017 Austin Film Festival premiere), and Zachary Trietz’s Men Go to Battle (Winner of the Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival).
Lunacy’s current production slate includes the thriller Three Day Weekend (directed by Wyatt McDill) and the rom-com Plus One (written & directed by Andrew Rhymer & Jeff Chan, produced by Ross Putman and Red Hour Films).
Stu has directed two features; Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Keep Your Distance. In his spare time he teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Film Independent. He holds a degree in business from Georgetown, an MFA in film from USC, is member of the DGA and PGA, and serves on the boards of the Louisville Film Society and GU’s Alumni Board of Governors.
Dir. of Photography: Michelle Lawler
Michelle Lawler is a Los Angeles based cinematographer. Her feature documentary, Forever's Gonna Start Tonight, won numerous audience awards including Outfest LA 2010. She also shot Outfest Grand Jury Award winners Wildness from director Wu Tsang and Best Friends Forever, starring and directed by Brea Grant. Most recently she lensed an episode for the fourth season of Transparent.
Michelle is a departmental honoree in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University, a graduate from the American Film Institute with an MFA in Cinematography, and a Cinematography Fellow at Film Independent. A talented writer, Michelle also co-created and lensed the comedy web series Hudson Valley Ballers with Saturday Night Live veterans Paula Pell and James Anderson, starring Paul Rudd and Kate McKinnon.
Additionally she has worked on several pieces for exhibition at MoMA and the Hammer Museum, among other prestigious museum projects, the most recent of which is Weed Killer alongside Kerry James Marshall.
Editor: David Hopper
David Hopper has cut several award winning projects across many genres including music videos, documentaries, features, shorts, and webisodes. His credits include the cult classic God Bless America, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival; In Between Songs, a documentary about the plight of the Aboriginals narrated by Academy Award Nominee James Cromwell, and 20 Weeks, directed by Leena Pendharkar, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and FILM THREAT placed on its Top 10 list of indie films for 2017.
Rust Creek marks David’s fourth collaboration with director, Jen McGowan. They previously collaborated on McGowan’s SXSW award winning film, Kelly & Cal starring Juliette Lewis and Johnny Weston. They have been working together since their days as students at the School of Cinematic Art at the University of Southern California.
David lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife, their two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie of animals.
Production Designer: Candi Guterres
Candi Guterres was mentored by Academy Award winner John Myhre (Chicago) and worked with him in the art department on features such as Anna Karenina and Foxfire. Her heart lies in the independent film world, working with indie directors like Gus Van Sant and Nick Perry, as well as Academy Award winning producer Chris Donahue.
On the small screen Candi has worked on the acclaimed Nickelodeon series The Brothers Garcia and the HBO feature Stranger Inside. She’s also proud to have been part of the first all-Latino-cast studio picture, Chasing Papi (a.k.a Papi Chulo).
Growing up Candi and her native Japanese parents split time between Portugal, Nicaragua and the United States. She has a BA in architecture from Columbia University, and spent 13 years in New York City working in everything from the Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry to clubs in the Lower East Side. After leaving New York, she traveled to Tokyo and worked with a creative development team for Sanrio. Eventually she merged her designing talents with entertainment, doing prop styling for print ads and art directing music videos.
Composer: H. Scott Salinas
Award-winning composer, H. Scott Salinas has contributed towards an impressive variety of notable projects including the Bruce Lee action fable Birth of the Dragon, Aaron Sorkin's smash hit The Newsroom, TNT's dark thriller Murder in the First, and Academy Award nominated documentary film Cartel Land.
After graduating from Princeton University, where he studied classical and jazz music, Scott continued his training at Berklee College of Music with a concentration in scoring for picture. In 2002, Scott became the youngest Grand Prize recipient of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition and along with accolades such as the prestigious Cannes Lion, Clio, and BMI awards, Scott's accomplishments have earned him esteem and recognition as a highly versatile yet specialized talent.
From composing the brooding hybrid orchestral score to the Darren Aronofsky produced Zipper, to his original song “Jamie Smiles,” written for the cult comedy classic Just Friends to acting as the instrumental mouthpiece behind the Old Spice whistle, Scott's ability to create a meaningful impact for a wide spectrum is showcased through his work.
Co-producer: Harris McCabe
A Connecticut native, Harris McCabe received bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University while working as a film critic for the New Haven Register. Graduating into a stagnant job market, he spent a few years landscaping, home remodeling, and drinking heavily before retreating back to academia.
He relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA in Film and Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he focused on writing, directing, and editing. Harris currently serves as Lunacy Productions’ Director of Development, working with writers and producers to strengthen Lunacy’s slate and discover exciting new content.
Harris’s recent producing credits include the riveting drama And Then I Go (2017 LA Film Festival premiere), David Haskell’s debut feature The Outdoorsman (2017 Austin Film Festival premiere), the upcoming thriller Three Day Weekend (directed by Wyatt McDill) and the uproarious rom-com Plus One (written & directed by Andrew Rhymer & Jeff Chan, produced by Ross Putman and Red Hour Films).
Co-producer: Nicolaas Bertelsen
Producer Nicolaas Bertelsen hails from Ames, Iowa, and became interested in film as a child when he discovered that his grandfather played a small role in The Godfather: Part II. This opened the door to the idea of working in film - for a kid who couldn’t have been more removed from Hollywood.
Nicolaas has over 20 years of physical production experience and is currently producing The Tomorrow Man with Anonymous Content and Noble Jones (The Social Network). His other recent feature films include Rust Creek, Deidra & Laney Rob A Train (Sundance), The Land (Sundance), End of Fall (New Filmmakers New York), Yosemite (Slamdance), Memoria (Austin Film Festival), and The Labyrinth (Screamfest).
Nicolaas holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media Studies from Iowa State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California, and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Sound Designer: Gabriel J. Serrano
Gabriel J. Serrano’s journey in post production sound began at Mercury Sound Studios in June 2005. There he mixed his first feature film and split time as Engineer, Mixer and Mix Technician. Next, he moved into a position at Todd-AO Vine Street before finally settling down at Wilshire Stages. Within six months that facility turned into Wildfire, where he spent seven years gaining valuable experience as a Re-Recording Mixer.
In the fall of 2013, Gabriel joined Formosa Group supervising and mixing films. Gabriel has also been working alongside Marti D. Humphrey at The Dub Stage as his Sound Effects Re-Recording Mixer. Gabriel has experience working on everything from Hollywood blockbusters like John Wick: Chapter 2, horror films like Wish Upon, and indie fare like Rust Creek.
Gabriel holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (with a minor in Music Science Technology) from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California.
Special Effects: Everett Byrom
Everett Byrom III is a special effects coordinator with three decades of experience in the film business and more than 60 credits. He started in the art and property departments and quickly transitioned into special effects where he has worked for more than 26 years, working as a coordinator for the past 11.
A native Texan, he moved back to Austin from Los Angeles in 2001 where he founded EB3 Effects Fab, a full service prop fabrication and special effects shop. Along with his brother and business partner, Craig, Everett continues to work on projects ranging from low budget indies to blockbuster studio movies.
Everett enjoys his job and continues to meet each challenge with an amiable attitude. He and his team have the skills and experience to tackle almost any project and see it from conception to production and their unblemished safety record is a testament to their expertise and professionalism.
Sound Mixer: Kari Barber
Kari Barber graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production. As a female filmmaker, she has been inspired by Kathryn Bigelow’s action/drama films, and she plans to follow her example by blazing her own path in a traditionally male-dominated genre. She enjoys creating engaging, character-based films that match the quality of any major motion picture. She was nominated for a Student Emmy 2013 for her short film “The Fifth Horseman.”
Kari grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and was neighbors with John Lasseter, which is where she got her first love of film. Before USC, she attended Bowdoin College and Harvard University. In her free time she rows and runs marathon.
Throughout her life Kari wanted to serve in the military and fly as a Naval Aviator for the Marines. Unfortunately, she was unable to join for medical reasons. She cannot serve her country, but she CAN serve those who do. Kari intends to tell the important stories of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces so that they are never forgotten.
Special Effects Makeup: Allie Shehorn
Allie Shehorn is a freelance makeup and special effects artist from Bakersfield, CA. She studied sculpture and painting in art school before leaving to attend Los Angeles's Cinema Makeup School. In 2016 she took first place at the prestigious London IMATS makeup competition for her take on an alien bounty hunter.
In her brief career Allie has worked on music videos, commercials, shorts, television, and ten feature films. Equally adept at beauty makeup, blood and guts, and creature designs, one day she might be creating monsters and gore for a Crypt TV short, and the next day she’ll be on a commercial shoot doing glamour makeup. In addition to Rust Creek her other upcoming projects include the TV show Smoketown, Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets, and the thriller The Neighborhood Watch.
Allie lives in Los Angeles with her husky mix, Riley. She enjoys cheap wine, watching bad horror movies, and travelling, both for work and for fun.
Costumes: Alexis Scott
Alexis Scott’s diverse credits include everything from Oprah’s Master Class documentary series, to TV shows like Amazon’s Just Add Magic, and films that range from Van Wilder to That Evening Sun which premiered at SXSW and won the Audience Award for Narrative Feature (among other awards).
In her 20+ year career she has designed costumes for some of the most revered filmmakers in the industry, including Wim Wenders (Land of Plenty) Vincent Gallo (Buffalo ‘66), Alex Cox (Repo Chick), and Abel Ferrara (Game of Death). Her recent credits include Message From the King starring Chadwick Boseman and Luke Evans, and Soy Nero, selected Berlin Film Festival 2016.
She attended San Francisco State University for English Literature, but began her costuming career as a milliner in the San Francisco Ballet’s costume shop. She worked in theaters and films in New York, before moving to Los Angeles where she’s since gone on to work on over 40 films.
Casting Director: Caroline Liem
Caroline Liem is a casting director based in Los Angeles. Before there was American Horror Story there was Popular, her first casting experience working with UDK and Ryan Murphy, and she was hooked. 20 years later she has cast studio features, independent films, television series and pilots for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios, Sony, Warner Bros, Nick Jr, ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW and Fox.
Learning from some of the best in our industry led Caroline to Disney Studios casting department overseeing such projects as Gone In Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor and Gangs of New York. She served as head of casting for the award winning late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! and if you’re a gamer, may have enjoyed her contributions to Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry. Additional credits include X-Men 2 and Blade Trinity.
Casting Director: Jeremy Gordon
Jeremy Gordon, a Heller Award winning casting professional, has spent the last 14+ years casting feature films, television shows, web-series, podcasts, short films and commercials at both the indie and network/studio level.
One of the most respected industry publications, Backstage, named Jeremy one of Los Angeles’ “Power Casting Directors of Tomorrow”. He is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA), where he also spent two years on their Board of Directors. Additionally he is a member of the Television Academy (The Emmys!).
Some of Jeremy’s favorite projects include “We’re The Millers,” for which he received an Artios Award nomination, “Think Like A Man,” Rob Reiner’s “LBJ” and “Shock & Awe”, John Singleton’s pilot, “Snowfall,” AMC’s “Hell On Wheels” and the instant indie feature hit “Spork”.
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