About Departed Harvest

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 Filming in 2018

An angry young Navajo guitarist
believes his destiny is Rock’n’Roll—
but after the Sheriff murders his father
destiny creates a warrior.

 

Winner 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival
Winner 2011 American International Film Festival
Top 50 Teleplay Quarter Finalist 2016 Cinequest
Honorable Mention 2016 Colorado International Film Festival
Quarter Finalist 2016 ScreenCraft
Finalist Creactive Film Festival
Award Winner 2011 Honolulu Film Festival
Top 10 Screenplay Beverly Hills Film Festival
Official Selection Black Bird Film Festival
Official Selection Visionara Film Festival
Official Selection Ozarks Film Festival
Official Selection Vermont Film School Film Festival

 

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JoDa gleaned inspiration for Departed Harvest from being born on a Vermont commune in the shadow of an abandoned Air Force Base up on the mountain, to a carpenter-guitarist and teacher…

and his friend selling his soul to Rock’n’Roll, slaving on a dangerous pot plantation to finance his band…

and our real life hero, Loren Anthony (playing Green); Navajo actor, producer, rancher, inspirational speaker.

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What people are saying about
Departed Harvest

“THE NEXT QUENTIN TARANTINO!”
—JOHN RYAN, BROADWAY DIRECTOR
“A VERY INTERESTING STORY!” —HAWK OSTBY, IRON MAN“I WAS AMAZED BY YOUR WRITING!”
—LARRY HOLDEN, BATMAN BEGINS, MEMENTO

“THIS IS A GREAT SCRIPT AND I ENJOYED
READING IT! LAUGH-OUT-LOUD MOMENTS!”
—RENEE COUTRE

“TWISTED, WEIRD AND SUPER FUNNY!”
—LOGAN HOWE, INTRINSIC PICTURES

“IT’S A PRETTY CAPTIVATING STORY!”
—HENRY DEMAIO

“IF IT IS SUNDANCE YOU SEEK,
YOU HIT THE BULL’S-EYE!”
—FRANK MANCHEL,
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT FILM PROFESSOR

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“IRRESISTIBLE AND MAGNETIC! JODA’S DEPARTED HARVEST CABLE TV SERIES IS A MASTERPIECE! HIS CLEVER DARK COMEDY RADIATES HEAVY DOSES OF WILD HUMOR, UNFORGETTABLE MYSTERY AND MIND-BENDING ROCK’N’ROLL ADVENTURES. HE DEFTLY CRAFTS A HOT BATTLE OF THE SEXES AS SECRETIVE DARK FORCES CONSPIRE TO POSSESS PEOPLE’S SOULS. A POIGNANT SATIRE DESTINED TO ROCK YOUR BRAIN AND POUND YOUR FUNNY BONE!”
—KEN ROTCOP, HANNAH BARBARA HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

“I have looked this over time and time again and feel that as a business plan goes it’s wonderful. it covers all essential stats and does so in a way that never leaves the story of the film. it’s colorful and creative in a way that makes you feel the filmmakers know what they’re doing. i don’t know what else to say Except that it draws you in and that’s the most anyone trying to raise financing can hope from from a business plan.”
—Tony Spiridakis

“This is a crazy, likable farce, peopled with eccentric and funny Vermonters of varying persuasions. The battle between the Sunnyville people with their digital animal identity tags and the pot smokers and growers of Caledonia is fresh and original and as loopy as can be.”
—BlueCat Screenplay Competition

SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FEEDBACK
GENRE: Comedy Thriller
LOGLINE: After his father is killed by a satanic cult-sheriff, a pot smoking man and his hippie girlfriend come to avenge him and join the commune he lived in.
SHORT FEEDBACK: It’s bold with so much going on. It’s got a lot of witty, colorful, quirky elements and is very imaginative and original.

“Some really interesting and creative ideas here! It’s clear that a lot of thought was put into this world, and it seems like it would make an interesting subject for a TV show. This is a highly original script that defies most screenwriting formats and genres. If scripts should be visual, this one is chock full of visuals.”
—CINEQUEST

 
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DEPARTED HARVEST SOUNDTRACK

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“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

—Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Though we recognize the salient impact of Campbell’s observations and our Jungian kinship, we feel the following best encapsulates our feminist approach to storytelling in film:

Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful performance perfectly embodies Katniss, the “Girl on Fire.” A skilled archer, she’s smart, stubborn, brave, abrasive and self-reliant. Lawrence imbues Katniss with a nuanced blend of strength, rage, indignation, desperation and vulnerability. Despite her tough exterior, she possesses a tender vulnerability and “feels empathy when nobody else does,” even for her competitors.

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