Private Project

Missing in the Midwest

Filmmaker Harper Brock journeys back to her roots to learn what happened to her cousin Joelle Lockwood whose 2014 abduction case shocked southwestern Indiana.

In addition to Joelle’s first ever public interview, the documentary features discussions with law enforcement and her loved ones as they question the lines between good, bad, and evil.

  • Harper Brock
  • Harper Brock
  • Aaron Cecil Price
  • Harper Brock
  • Aaron Cecil Price
  • Christina Caralis
  • Hailee Williams
  • Lana Sobel
  • Anthony Peznola
    Director of Photography
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  • Genres:
    true crime, documentary, student
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Harper Brock

Harper Brock is an alternative and unscripted producer based out of Los Angeles. She has worked as a production intern, documentary intern, post-production and outreach associate, and production coordinator for companies like 13th Gen, Visual 14, and The Years Project, and Motto Pictures. Her most notable work was as the executive producer of Rural Revival, an award winning environmental short documentary that opened the North Dakota Environmental Film Festival and is being used as curriculum across the country at colleges such as the University of Cincinnati. She is currently employed by Archer Gray, working under Vinay Singh, Jim Fielding, and Liza Keckler.

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Director Statement

Growing up some of the most horrific, heinous, and inhumane crimes were presented to me as bedtime stories. My mom was the city criminal prosecutor of our small Midwestern town, and my father was a city police officer and detective. Despite my parents often talking about their work around me, I never felt like any of these evil acts could happen to me or someone I loved. I mean they were just stories, right?

In 2014, my cousin Joelle Lockwood went missing. I was only thirteen and did not fully understand the events that took place revolving around her abduction. My curiosity as a documentarian and family member of Joelle has led me right back to my roots in Southern Indiana where I will discover more about what it means to go missing as a woman in a rural town in the Midwest.