Author Katie Mettner

Urban Myths Abound



A Dramatic, Paranormal, Thriller

It’s a journey of self discovery. It’s about Family, friendship, sisterhood, instinct, light verses dark, growth, love and loss. This is a story of a group of high school seniors that embark on a spring break camping trip, to investigate the myths they had been researching and leaning from their History Teacher. During their trip, they stumble on an old haunted Indian Burial ground and get more than they bargained for when some of the group start to vanish. This film showcases some of best Northern Michigan has to offer, along with an all start cast. The myths leave our audience wondering what is real or not. As a story teller I hope to have left my audience with the ability to recognize each individual person is going through their own individual journey. As the characters get deeper into their paranormal investigations, they also go deeper within themselves. The representation of the chase is much like being hunted by a predator who recognizes their weakness and fears. It is what the predator hones in on, much like a pride of lions or pack of wolves hunting a herd or flock. They look for the weakness, the scared or the injured. If their prey is stronger they first attack, injuring it waiting patiently for their opportunity of attack for the kill. In society it is very much the same in competition, bullies in school, amongst one another. Urban myths is an analogy of every ones story.
I wanted to film on location in Michigan because there is no other state that could give the feeling through the geographical locations, community and myths. I picked Spring time to film because I wanted to capture a time of “Rebirth” when Death becomes Life which enhances the meaning to the story.



What is an "urban myth"? The dictionary tells us "a modern story of obscure origin and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humor, moralizing, or horror." You've all heard about popular urban myths, like Bloody Mary, the dissolving tooth in the Coca-Cola, Walt Disney is cyrogenically frozen, and giant sewer gators below New York City. Our common sense tells us these likely aren't true, but 'what if'?



Kim Marie, the producer and director of the Urban Myths movie has this to say, "I wanted to create a film I hope to have left my audience with the ability to recognize each character is going through their own individual journey. As the characters get deeper into their paranormal investigations, they also go deeper within themselves. On certain levels the paranormal myths and experience represent the fears they all face in real life. The representation of the chase is much like being hunted by a predator who recognizes their weakness and fears. I based each characters journey and style of the “thrill” aspect of the their history and path they each were on. The chase comes from different styles of how a predator would hunt it’s prey in the wild. I studied different animals from Sharks, Lions to Wolves on their style of family, hierarchy, hunting style. I incorporated different characteristics with human characteristics in a psychological sense. I don’t want to give away the movie. Lol. What I will say is there was extensive research, everything is based of real events, myths, legends and even personal experiences."


What are the urban myths that are being filmed? There are several:


The Myths of the Witchy Wolvesis an old Chippewa legend that has been passed down for generations. According to legend, there is a spirit animal - half dog and half wolf - that protects the souls and the graves of Native American warriors. It will attack anyone that disturbs the final resting place of Chippewa warriors.




The Legends of Seven Gables Road Many Years ago...There was a “witch” who lived on Seven Gables Road. She of course hated the world and cursed her land and naturally haunts the property to this very day. If people dare to venture onto the land and hear a scream, it’s a warning to get out of the area or death will follow “I will curse this road because I am a witch! Therefore, anyone who hears a scream, and then jumps over this here fence....will DIE!” Blood Road….


Shapeshifting: There are stories, carried over from the elders, that tell of some of the Dog Men actually shape shifting into the 'real dogs' that they mimicked in battle. Thus, these few escaped the US Army¹s planned killing of them all back in the ³Battle of Summit Springs² in Colorado.




MORE ABOUT THE MOVIE & HOW TO SUPPORT IT


Watch the trailer for the Urban Myths movie and then go here to help them fund this project on Indiegogo!


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