Behind Some Dark Cloud

A girl grows up.

  • Chelsea Kane
    Director
  • Chelsea Kane
    Writer
  • Matthew Pourviseh
    Producer
  • Julia Barrett-Mitchell
    Key Cast
  • Pascal Yen-Pfister
    Key Cast
  • Kira Davies
    Key Cast
  • Alice Barrett
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    drama, romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm, 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85 : 1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Harlem International Film Festival
    New York, NY
    September 12, 2015
    North American Festival Premiere
    Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker
  • Chelsea Film Festival
    New York, NY
    October 16, 2015
Director Biography - Chelsea Kane

After dropping out of high school, Kane studied fiction and film before working odd jobs eventually leading to advertising. Upon revisiting a thesis draft of Behind Some Dark Cloud, the project fortuitously came to fruition with the support and collaboration of the incredible people involved. The film was shot in Kane’s native Pennsylvania. Kane is now a screenwriting fellow at the AFI conservatory, but mostly cares about horses, travel, Russian literature, and Outer Space.

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Director Statement

I was determined to write a compelling, relatable story that was completely homegrown. I work in strange ways: I start with a song, or a phrase or a moment and go from there. Everything I've experienced, everyone I've met, is a gift. It all gets stored in the vault.
I drew upon a previously ignored plethora of observations: Growing up in a small, weird town. Said small town's general attitude toward "eccentrics". Making your own fun. Getting into trouble. Getting into unexpected situations. Getting put in your place. Secrets. Adventures. Longing. The way people talk to each other. The way girls treat each other. The way people react in a certain community if you don't go to school and have a plan like everybody else. Feeling weird in your body, in your role. Learning how to abuse that role. Learning in general, most of which is done outside of the educational system. The allure of danger. Discomfort in privilege. Innocence or loss thereof. A town as a character.
At times I've simultaneously wanted to shout this story from the rooftops and write it in a secret journal and set it on fire in a viking funeral down an ominous river.