Up Under The Roof
Director: Darin Read
Producers: Danielle Stallings, Darin Reed & Geoff Hale
Writers: Danielle Stallings, Darin Read
Cinematographer: Megan Schoenbachler
Editor: Darin Reed
A lonely ten-year-old boy is haunted by strange noises at night on a decaying, depression-era farm. During the dustbowl era on a dilapidated farm, a lonely ten-year-old boy begins hearing strange noises above his bedroom ceiling at night. The noises grow threatening as the thing in the attic becomes restless and hungry. Through a friendship with a visually impaired girl, he comes to understand that he must face this thing hiding up under the roof before it consumes him.
Web Site: www.upundertheroof.com
The product of a grandmother who raided sacred burial grounds on one side of the family tree and a grandmother who was a world-class violinist on the other, Darin Read was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. As a child Darin traveled throughout the southwest with his family buying and selling kachinas, baskets and pottery from Native Americans out of an old green station wagon. He also spent numerous hours drawing his own comic books and shooting super 8 films starring his Six Million Dollar Man action figure.
Darin graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in history where he convinced his thesis advisor to allow him to shoot a documentary (entitled THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF ASU) in lieu of writing a paper. His first short narrative film FEAR won the best picture award at the USC / Universal Studios summer film program. Darin spent ten years at New Line Cinema working in post production on a myriad of feature films including THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. He recently went back to school to complete his MFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University where he directed six films and produced several more for his peers. Most recently, he co-produced HAUNTED PLANET and wrote and directed UP UNDER THE ROOF, two 35mm films based on classic short stories. The latter film won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editor awards at LMU’s first look festival: Film Outside the Frame 2009. Darin is currently developing a feature with his long-time collaborator, Danielle Stallings.
Award-winning producer/director Danielle Stallings began her career as a professional stage actor. Since earning a BFA from USC's School of Cinema & Television and an MFA from Loyola Marymount University, Danielle has continued writing, directing and producing independent film projects. Danielle's films have enjoyed success at festivals in India, Italy, Germany, Israel, Seattle, London, Austin, Phoenix and Baltimore and her 16mm short PORN QUEENS OF THE 70'S was honored by the DGA. Her recent achievements include two 35mm films based on classic literary pieces.
Ms. Stallings has a 14-year history of animal welfare volunteerism. She's most proud of having served as the point-person and facilitator of the negotiations between Chris DeRose of Last Chance for Animals and HBO for the ground-breaking documentary "Dealing Dogs". Danielle is currently working with her film partner Darin Read on a new feature-length production.