Making an Epic Roadshow Motion Picture on a Microbudget: Daniel Kremer on Overwhelm the Sky

Filmmaker Magazine | 2/6/2019 | Aaron Rappaport
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by Aaron Rappaport

In January 2017, I interviewed San Francisco-based independent filmmaker Daniel Kremer for a local Bay Area publication called CineSource Magazine. In these past two years, he’s been as indefatigable and as busy as ever. On February 10 and 11, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival premieres his latest feature film, Overwhelm the Sky. In late March, he will host a local screening of the roadshow-style edition of the film, a nearly three-hour epic complete with an orchestral overture and intermission. Come springtime, he’ll be opening the film at a prominent European film festival (the name of which must be kept under wraps until the official announcement).

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Overwhelm the Sky, Kremer’s seventh feature-length production, is a very…different kind of film. It’s a veritable “local epic,” impressively shot on a microbudget with minimal crew. In loosely adapting and updating Charles Brockden Brown’s 1799 novel Edgar Huntly, or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker—one of the earliest novels written in the newly formed United States—Overwhelm the Sky tells the story of Eddie Huntly, an east coast radio personality who moves to San Francisco to marry Thea, the sister of his best friend Neil, a successful entrepreneur. Shortly before Eddie’s arrival, Neil is found murdered in Golden Gate Park in what the police surmise was a simple mugging gone awry. As the sullen Eddie steps in as interim host of his old friend Dean’s late-night talk-radio show, he obsessively makes regular visits to the forested hollow where Neil’s corpse was found. One such visit unleashes a chain of unpredictable events that sends him snooping into the life of a sleepwalking drifter with a mysterious, tragic (and possibly scandalous) past. From there, the story takes many unexpected twists and turns, winding up in the Arizona Desert, where a trading of places occurs, during a series...
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