About the Film
Jared, a journalist in despair of meaning, comes across an old map to a place that doesn’t exist. His coworkers, however, insist there is a story worth writing. Having nothing to lose, Jared enters a rabbit hole into a surreal world of shady characters, lost customs, and soulful performers. The people of Arcadia, with dubious motives and tricks up their sleeves, keep Jared on edge, forcing him to confront the meaning of being a human in the tunnels of Arcadia.
A micro-budget film starring Yang Miller as Jared, Arcadia pulls together unique performers, musicians, and visual artists to bring to life a lost way of living in this art-house film riddled with poetry, philosophy, and mysterious figures. Challenged by limited resources, a volunteer cast and crew trekked through hidden locations across Marietta, Ohio, learning and experimenting along the way. The aim was not to look micro budget!
Over the course of a year the film took on a life of its own and bloomed into an existential narrative under the direction of Andy Hall. The essence of humanity has been left to thrive in the shadows of Arcadia. The darkness demands each and every person to go within and ask, “Who am I?”
"This film is the product of a group of newcomers to the art and business of filmmaking. They learned how to raise funds through crowdfunding, they learned new techniques as they shot the film. The film started as a figment of Andy’s imagination sparked by the news that the Colony Theatre was being renovated. Andy realized that the decrepit and spooky old building presented a spectacular location for a movie... and he had to hurry, because the construction crew was on the way. You will be guided on this tour of Andy’s Stygian Fantasia by Marietta’s artists and performers and the tour will include vivid unearthly imagery, a compelling adventure in Marietta’s secret spaces, and a tour of the deepest recesses of the labyrinthine mind of Andy Hall. — Zane Lazer, Executive Producer
Arcadia is a micro-budget film written, shot & directed by Andy J Hall.
An accomplished filmmaker with a B.S. in Visual Art from CUNY, Yang has won awards at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for the series “Video Shmideo,” and at the Colony Film Festival for his documentary “A Midwestern Morning.” Yang continues to act in films and teach improv comedy in South Eastern Ohio while working as the Technical Director and Audience Experience Coordinator at The Athena Cinema in Athens.
Andy hails from sunny southern California where he received his BA in Acting from CSU San Bernardino, was the founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Garden, and served as the Resident Managing Director of The Imagination Company (00/01). Andy received his MFA in Directing from Ohio University in 2009. Andy is an Associate Professor and the current Artistic Director of the Theatre at Marietta College.
CHRISTY LOVE LASS
Raised in the Mid Ohio Valley, Christy was a member of Boxcar Burlesque from 2011 until 2015. She performed as Cici Victoria in Athens, Columbus and Marietta Ohio. In 2014 she graduated with a BA in histry, focusing on museum studies. Christy currently resides in Charleston, SC where she takes long walks on the beach with her dog Duke.
DOWNLOAD THE PRESS KIT
for more information on cast and crew
In addition to a large cast, Arcadia features performances by the Huntington, WV based band Qiet, Professor Bubblemaker, The Burning Dawn, an acro-yoga team and more. Download the press kit (PDF) for cast, crew and sponsor information.