Written by Anne Rapp
Directed by Alar Kivilo
Three unfortunate love stories. All darkly comedic, and all to be played by the same two actors. In each tale, a man and woman are alone and desperately trying to survive both the elements and each other. In the first story, Jim Ed has dragged his reluctant terrified wife Susanna out into the remote Texas swamp for his latest get-rich-quick scheme — snake hunting. In the second story, Trapper is forced to set out into the cold, harsh turn-of-the-century Alaska wilderness to literally trap his runaway wife Judith. And in the third story, Cody and Grace find themselves alone and confined in a precarious place on the eve of their bitter and contentious divorce. Three unfortunate love stories indeed.
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Meet the Cast & Crew!
Anne Rapp - Writer
Anne Rapp is a writer and ex-script supervisor in the movie industry who worked on more than 60 films, beginning with “Tender Mercies” and ending with the HBO series “Westworld.” She has worked with acclaimed directors such as Jake Kasdan, Jonathan Nolan, Billy Bob Thornton, Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Ken Kwapis, Lawrence Kasdan, Sydney Pollack, Robert Benton, Bruce Beresford, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis, David Mamet, Rob Reiner, Ivan Reitman and Tom Hanks. (Anne is a legendary name dropper.) Robert Altman directed two of her original screenplays, “Cookie’s Fortune” and “Dr. T and the Women.” “Cookie’s Fortune” earned Anne an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well as an Edgar Allen Poe nomination. (She was gracious in both losses.) She wrote a television special for CMT called “Stars over Texas” featuring Ray Benson, Dolly Parton and Vince Gill, and later teamed with Benson again to co-write the musical “A Ride With Bob,” a stage performance about the western swing great Bob Wills. Anne is currently producing a documentary about the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/screenwriter Horton Foote. Anne’s greatest life-moments are when Quincy Jones told her she had soul after watching her dance at the “Color Purple” wrap party when Coach Darrell Royal told her she plays golf like a boy, and when Willie Nelson made her play from the mens’ tees. (Again, the name dropping.) Her latest work in progress is a combination memoir/self-help manual on how to make moving painless and fun. She knows since she has done it so much. She has written her first sentence: “Moving is easy, it’s the life in between that’s hard.”
Alar Kivilo - Director
A native of Montreal, Alar Kivilo began his cinematography career shooting documentaries and short films, including “Boys and Girls” which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1984. Over the years he has directed and shot numerous award-winning commercials including “Ancient Land” for Newfoundland and Labrador tourism, which won a Cannes Film Craft Lion for cinematography.
In 1987 Kivilo began shooting movies. His credits include “A Simple Plan,” “Frequency,” “Hart’s War,” “The Ice Harvest,” “The Lake House,” “The Lookout,” and “The Blind Side.” He recently completed Nicole Holofcener’s “Land of Steady Habits” with Ben Mendelsohn. He received an American Society of Cinematographers Award for the acclaimed HBO movie “Taking Chance,” and also earned Emmy and ASC Award nominations for the HBO biopic “Gotti,” and an ASC nomination for the miniseries “The Invaders.” Other television credits include HBO movies “Normal,” “Weapons of Mass Distraction,” “Rebound” and Kyra Sedgwick’s DGA-nominated directorial debut “Story of a Girl.”
As opposed to Rapp, Kivilo sticks mostly to actual movie names in his bio. Name-dropping isn’t his bag. Except Sandra Bullock who said on national TV that she looked a lot better on screen after Kivilo’s work than she does first thing in the morning. And he once asked Old Blue Eyes (aka Frank Sinatra) to move a half step to the left to improve his shot. And without any lip, Old Blue eyes did it.
Ray Benson - Narrator
At a towering 6’7”, the Philadelphia-born Ray Benson is considered a giant in the industry. However, it’s his contributions to music history, not his height, that have made him a dominant figure on the music scene since 1970. Ray Benson is the frontman and founder of the world-renowned Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. For 48 years, Ray has been the driving force behind “The Wheel” and has overseen the release of more than 25 albums, been on countless tours, and has won Ten GRAMMY™ Awards. The 2015 CD release of Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys garnered the band’s latest Grammy Award for Best Recording Package and was the final in a trilogy honoring Bob Wills.
In October 2015, Benson released his lively memoir, Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel. And just as Western Swing extends far and wide, so do Ray’s honors and accomplishments, which include: 2011 Texan of the Year; 2011 Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Multimedia; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association; the TEC Les Paul Award; and, in 2004, the official Texas State Musician. As a producer, Ray has worked with such artists as Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Carolyn Wonderland Aaron Watson, and Suzy Bogguss.. Benson is an active advocate and founding board member for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
As if being on the road for over a hundred fifty dates a year isn’t enough, Ray hosts the new, bi-weekly segment “Austin Outer Limits” on Sirius XM’s “Willie’s Roadhouse,” featuring hand-picked Western Swing and Texas Honky Tonk from his personal collection. Since 2010, Benson has hosted the highly successful Texas Music Scene television series. The show broadcasts weekly in more than 60 U.S. television markets, showcasing live performances by today’s talent in the Texas and Red Dirt music circuit.
Bill Heck - Actor
BILL HECK got a real sweet taste of Austin when filming Yen Tan’s Pit Stop (Sundance 2013), and has since been back for The Leftovers, and a cameo in Yen’s 1985. This year you’ll see Bill in later episodes of The Alienist (TNT) and in the Coen Brothers’ Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix). Aside from years of film and television credits, he’s worked extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in several regional theaters. Heck first fell in love with Texas while leading the 9 hour Orphans’ Home Cycle by Horton Foote at NYC’s Signature Theatre Company. Not long after, he married his co-lead, Maggie Lacey, because he’s at least that smart.
Maggie Lacey - Actor
MAGGIE LACEY has, for reasons unknown to her, worn more than her fair share of corsets in her career. Favorites include her Broadway debut opposite Paul Newman as Emily in Our Town and Suzanne in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of The Marriage of Figaro at the McCarter in Princeton. She was physically corset-free (though not metaphorically, until the end) in her recent stint Off-Broadway as Nora in A Doll’s House in rep with Strindberg’s The Father as Laura. Her main connection with Texas is having pretended to live there in Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate and in his 9-hour masterwork The Orphans’ Home Cycle (insert Bill’s bio for mushy marriage stuff.) Maggie just completed filming Orange is the New Black for Netflix and is the recipient of a Fox Fellowship Grant. For Betty Joyce.
Benjamin the Dog
Benjamin was born approximately 10 years ago to a female hound dog who, uh…didn’t know who the father was. He wandered off one day when his mother the bitch was otherwise occupied, and he ended up on a Beaumont, Texas street corner following around a man named Jim Ed Barnes who was wandering around aimlessly himself, just taking in the universe. The two became best friends – that is, until Jim Ed’s wife Susanna executed her seductive magic and made Benjamin like her even more than he liked Jim Ed. But for the most part, it was a fairly happy household. Until it wasn’t. (You will know by the end of this reading that, yes, life can change in a heartbeat — but heartbeats kind of never stop.) SNAKE BIT is Benjamin’s acting debut, but he already has the stage presence of Brando, DeNiro, Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, and….Bette Davis the bitch.