A gritty and intricate tale around the cornfields of small-town Indiana.
Noah and his poverty-stricken family wrestle with the mysterious return
now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.
2014, 93 minutes, U.S.A. | Now playing in the 2014 film festival circuit
Still of Jordon Hodges and Anne Winters in the 2014 feature film Sand Castles.
FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Sand Castles is currently being considered for many mid-2014 film festivals. We will announce official selections here once they are publicly announced.
See Sand Castles by attending the following film festivals:
3.21.2014 - Gasparilla International Film Festival | Tampa, Florida
Grand Jury Winner: Best Film | New Visions Competition presented by IndiePix
4.3.2014 - River Bend Film Festival | South Bend, Indiana
Audience Award Winner
The Stephen Susco Award: Best Film
4.5 & 4.10.2014- Palm Beach International Film Festival | West Palm Beach, Florida
4.9 - 13th, 2014- Grand Rapids Film Festival | Grand Rapids, Michigan
Winner: Best Film
4.23.2014 - Myrtle Beach International Film Festival | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
4.23 - 27th, 2014 - Julien Dubuque International Film Festival | Dubuque, Iowa
Grand Jury: Best Film
Best Director - Clenét Verdi-Rose
Best Actor - Jordon Hodges
5.13.2014 - Milan International Film Festival Awards | Milan, Italy
Nominations (TBA) | The Horses of Leonardo da Vinci Award
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Jordon Hodges
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Saxon Trainor
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Clint Howard
5.9 - 11th, 2014 - Rainier Independent Film Festival | Ashord, Washington
5.17.2014 - VisionFest | New York, New York | Buy Tickets
Born and raised in a small-town in Northern Indiana. Before 'Sand Castles' Jordon was best known in his young career for playing the lead role in the 2011 sci-fi thriller 'Impulse Black' opposite Emme Rylan and Robert Miano, which he co-wrote and produced having just moved to Los Angeles 3-months before.
His first feature film role was in 2008's college comedy 'Fraternity House' which led him to lead several experimental art house features over the next few years while training his craft in Chicago. During this time period he did stand-in work on most of the big budget studio films that shot in Chicago because it placed him right in the middle of a movie set to utilize as a classroom, observing every crew members position and talents which would later give him the knowledge to produce.
After 'Impulse Black' was released in 2011, Jordon was cast as the lead role in the 1910's period feature 'Mary's Buttons' as the smooth talking reporter Oscar DeWauter, which gave him his first festival nomination for best actor.
In late 2012 Jordon wrote, produced and starred in 'Sand Castles', a feature drama that shot on location in rural Indiana where he was born and raised, using a half-LA half-Midwest cast/crew. 'Sand Castles' was released on the film festival circuit in March of 2014, winning Gasparilla IFF's Grand Jury Best Film Award right off the bat. Jordon has since garnered a handful of wins and nominations as an actor and as the film's producer at numerous festivals and will continue to compete with his team around the world for the rest of 2014.
@jordon_hodges | IMDb
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Anne started acting when she was only twelve. When she was younger, she appeared in the TV movies SUMMER CAMP and COOPER AND THE CASTLE HILLS GANG.
After wrapping SAND CASTLES, her coming-of-age gritty role, she immediately got cast in the feature PASS THE LIGHT and FATAL INSTINCT opposite Masiela Lusha and Drew Fuller.
On television, Anne has a regular role on the ABC Family series THE FOSTERS, but her big television break came in Fall of 2013 when she was cast as a series regular on FX's TYRANT, the high-concept show from producers Howard Gordon (24, HOMELAND), Ang Lee (LIFE OF PI), and Gideon Raff (HOMELAND). The pilot was directed by David Yates (director of the last 4 HARRY POTTER films).
@AnneWinters_ | IMDb
A native of North Carolina, and a veteran of the NY stage, broke into film alongside Martin Sheen in the Croatian war-drama Mercy of the Sea.
Randy has gone on to star in numerous films including a break out performance as paroled sex offender, Morgan Edwards in A Proper Violence, receiving praise from the NY Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice, and Chicago Sun-Times.
As one-half of Johnny Roscoe Productions, Randy is also part of the producing team that brought home several TONY award nominations and wins for Catch Me If You Can, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
Next he will be staring as Boomer in the upcoming drag racing film SHIFT, inspired by his youth spent racing with his father Roscoe.
@SpenceRandy | IMDb
While studying Philosophy at Villanova University, Saxon Trainor would be cast in her first role as Wendla in "Spring Awakening". There, she began her theatrical training with Joanna Rotte. Upon graduation she moved to New York City, to study with Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Conservatory and Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse.
Since moving to Los Angeles, she has compiled an impressive list of theatre, television and film credits.
Her television credits include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE X_FILES, JUDGING AMY, FELICITY, NYPD: BLUE, CSI: MIAMI, ER, CROSSING JORDAN, and DEXTER. Some of her feature credits include CONSPIRACY THEORY opposite Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, and PROWL.
@Saxon_Trainor | IMDb
Originally a competitive snowboarder from Lake Tahoe, Daniella's dreams of acting, singing and dancing evolved through her career as a model.
She has studied numerous acting methods and techniques with some of the best instructors in the country and is an alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
After school she went straight into commercial work in national campaigns and landed her first major role in the feature film Sand Castles.
@DaniellaGrace | IMDb
Raised in Reading, PA, Scott spent much of his childhood as a competitive athlete in both ice hockey and lacrosse. He spent his summers on Nantucket Island, where he ran a surfing school (Sconset Surf) with one of his closest friends.
Upon graduating from The University of Vermont, Scott moved to Aspen, CO, where he worked for Plum TV. After the winter season, he left Plum to work for the Boston-based and Joseph Kennedy run, Citizens Energy Corporation. Though he enjoyed his time there, Scott discovered his true passion while attending nightly acting classes.
In the fall of '09, Scott moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. His early success was found commercially in both print and television ad campaigns. Looking to push himself deeper artistically, his break came when Clenet Verdi-Rose and Jordon Hodges offered him the role of Detective Cloud.
Scott attributes all of his success to the wonderful support of his close-knit family.
@scottyjem | IMDb
Legendary character actor Clint Howard has been in over 220 productions in a career that spans over 5 decades. He started acting at age two, playing the cute Leon along-side his future Academy Award winning brother Ron Howard on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.
Soon after he came to household fame as a child on the television series GENTLE BEN, premiering in 56 episodes from 1967-1969.
His most notable feature credits include, Ron Howard's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS opposite Jim Carrey. APOLLO 13 opposite Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris. FAR AND AWAY opposite Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.
In 1998 he was awarded the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award.
Clint is praised by many as one of the best living character actors and has a cult following around the world.
@theclinthoward | IMDb
Clenét who directed SAND CASTLES as his sophomore effort, had his directorial debut 2 years earlier on the feature SKYLER (2011), which opened the LA Film & Music Festival. Other accolades include the Best Director Award, as well as the First Place Feature Film from the Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival and was also recognized as a Merit Award Honor of the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. In 2012, SKYLER was awarded the Silver Award for Best Feature Film from the California Film Awards in San Diego.
Also an accomplished painter and artist, Clenét began his film work at Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and Lorenzo de' Medici, in Florence, Italy in International film work. Graduating in 2004 with a BA degree in Studio Art and Film.
Born outside of Boston, Clenét is also a founding owner and partner in the Green-Rose Production Company.
Screenwriter & Producer
Jordon wrote the screenplay SAND CASTLES over the course of a year and half to be able to act in a story that he was passionate about. After signing Clenét on board as the director, they spent months talking about the script and tone. When they felt they were ready to make the film, Jordon knew that he needed to pull a lot of favors to shoot on a low-budget but keep the production value. He went back to his roots in Goshen, Indiana and the community embraced the film crew with open arms, allowing them to do the impossible. Jordon’s mother Connie Hodges was an Executive Producer on SAND CASTLES and the main shooting location was Jordon’s Grandfather’s house. It is very much a family involved film.
Jordon previously wrote and produced 2011’s IMPULSE BLACK to also star in.
Director of Photography
Chris Faulisi grew up in Upstate New York, receiving a film degree from Emerson College.
Chris began work in the industry at an early age, working professionally in music videos while in high school and working extensively as a D.P. while completing courses at Emerson. At Emerson, Chris was chosen as one of the top ten student filmmakers in the country by MTV.
Chris's first feature as a director was a $3,000 film called A PROPER VIOLENCE which went on to receive a limited theatrical release in NY, and LA as well as a national DVD and VOD deal. In a review from the LA weekly, Chris was called a "filmmaker to watch" and videoviews.org called A PROPER VIOLENCE "One of the best films of the year."
As a D.P., Chris has had the opportunity to work on projects with a great range of budgets and aesthetic styles. Most recently, Chris 'lensed' THE OBSESSION, a surrealistic thriller produced by Beau Genot (AN INCONVEINANT TRUTH, HARD CANDY). Being only in his mid-20's, Chris has already established himself as a bold filmmaker constantly pushing the craft and taking risks. -- Next up Chris is slated to direct the drag racing feature film SHIFT which shoots in 2014, produced by multi-Grammy nominated, and Tony winning producer Brandon Wardell. Chris currently lives in LA where he works as a D.P. and Director.
Todd's musical background began with classical piano training at a very young age. During his early teens, he began to shift his focus towards a classical training in percussion and music theory. In his later teens he began to experiment with synthesizers, drum machines and sampling (leading to a lifelong fascination with electronic music and sound design).
While passionate about music, he never had any official consideration towards a musical career until approached by some college friends who needed music for a promo video they were producing. Eventually, other producers were requesting his work - which was interfering with college altogether, leading to the choice to quit college and pursue a career in composing for motion picture.
More of Todd's previous work can be read about and listened to on his
Dragonfly Recording Studio webpage.
Born in Detroit, Christopher Nickin started his career in film and television in 2007. Working from the ground up, he studied the art of filmmaking on set and in school at Madonna University. Before finding his way onto his first set Christopher concentrated on writing.
He wrote multiple articles that were published in the Detroit Free Press along with other local news publications and had many of his poems published in poetry books around the world. Since joining the film community Christopher has directed and produced multiple films, music videos, commercials and episodic television series.
In 2011 Christopher took the opportunity to direct a feature set in the year 1910, a period piece entitled MARY'S BUTTONS.
The large scale of this film turned the corner for Christopher, showing off his capabilities and opening doors to new and exciting films such as SAND CASTLES.
CLIP - "Beware of the Dog"
A stranger in the small-town
becomes interested in Noah and figurines.
Featuring actors Jordon Hodges, Clint Howard & Jim Dougherty
BEHND THE SCENES - NOAH'S REQUIEM
Composer Todd Maki performs "Noah's Requiem" for the 2014 feature film SAND CASTLES with the Youngstown Scoring Stage.
BEHND THE SCENES - HEART'S RETURN
Composer Todd Maki performs "Heart's Return" for the 2014 feature film SAND CASTLES with the Youngstown Scoring Stage.
LISTEN - WHERE I WANNA BE
An original song created for SAND CASTLES by Eric Carpenter, which he also plays live in the final cut of the film.
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