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The Tent

An apocalyptic event known as the Crisis has devastated David's world leaving him to rely on survival tactics learned from childhood. Isolated and alone, David has taken refuge in a tent on the edge of the wilderness. Soon enough, another survivor emerges, Mary, who immediately begins questioning David's tactics and ultimately putting them in the crosshairs of "Those Who Walk In Darkness", unseen creatures that may or may not be responsible for the Crisis.

  • Kyle Couch
    Thirteen One, Life Prescribed
  • Kyle Couch
  • Nancy Lynette Parker
    It's A Life Worth Living, Fear Itself
  • Tim Kaiser
    Key Cast
    The Parricidal Effect, Legends & Lies
  • Lulu Dahl
    Key Cast
    Detroiters, Monsters: Dark Continent
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    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Kyle Couch

Kyle Edward Couch was born in Monroe, Michigan. Couch wanted to make films from a young age and decided to study film at Oakland Community College. At 26, he co-wrote and directed the award-winning short film One Last Run (2015). Shortly after One Last Run, Kyle directed the award-winning short film The Eulogy (2015). He went on to direct Thirteen One (2018) a documentary chronicling the ups and downs of recovering from heroin addiction while also training for a half-marathon. He was awarded the Award of Excellence at the Metro Film and TV Awards for that film. He then went on to writing and directing his first feature-length film, The Tent (2020). He resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter.

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Director Statement

For my first feature film, I really set out to learn the process of filmmaking better and grow in my ability to tell long-form stories. Having created three, 50-minute shorts, I felt ready to tackle a feature-length film. I loved every second of it and grew substantially doing it. I often tell people, this movie was MY film school.

I knew for the first feature I wanted to tackle something close to my heart but do it in an abstract way that challenged the viewers to pay attention to the details. The Tent offered that unique challenge to me and every set piece, prop, piece of dialogue, even the character's pre-established but foggy relationship was the foundation being laid to what the story leads to in the end. This is not a horror film in the traditional sense, it's a true to life horror film, one I experienced first hand with my own father. I have always loved showing the truth in my movies, even if it's tucked away in abstract conditions, The Tent is no different. It has purposeful moments of slowness, moments of confusion, and fear, much like what I saw my dad deal with. The idea was to put the viewer into the shoes of David, the shoes of a man who fears his own mind and finds solace in a tent of protection, something we all go to when our own Crisis happens. However, Mary introduces an idea that only until recently I myself realized, what if we don't have to deal with it alone?

I hope you enjoy the film, it's a labor of love from everyone involved and as Mary states, I couldn't have done it alone and for that, I am truly grateful to have had this journey with my team and now family.