Chris John Krause
30-40s. Female. Afro-Latino or Latino (native Spanish speaker)
Hello Michigan Actors!
Later this summer I’m going to be filming a feature that I wrote, and my director and I are looking to lock down a few roles.
My script is called Followers.
Think Get Out Meets the Walking Dead. The heart of my story is exploring the experience of realizing that people you love, often formative people in your life, are willing to support systems that lead to the death of marginalized people, and what we decide to do with those relationships once we realize that. As a guy who grew up in a small Michigan town, it’s something that I’ve been grappling with over the past four years especially. The feeling that you no longer know people you loved.
I use horror as a metaphor to explore these themes. I’m playing in the world of zombie tropes, but I purposefully twist the tropes in ways that tie back to the ideas central to the script. In this world, the only people affected by the deadly virus are white people. Surviving whites have realized that if you don’t get in the infected’s way…they tend to leave you alone. As long as you look like them. This creates a culture of “Followers.” People who follow hordes of the infected because it offers a level of protection, but the trade off is standing back and watching people get attacked and doing nothing.
The inherent drama is not focused on the dangers of being attacked by the infected, but the racial tension between the unifected. I want to comment both on issues of race on a personal and systemic level, and also delve into the idea of those of us who are content to be “Followers.” People who stand back and allow horrible things to happen to marginalized people because they’re unwilling to risk themselves.
This is a theme I’ve wanted to explore for a long while, because I believe it’s the responsibility of white Americans like myself to start having these kinds of uncomfortable conversations with loved ones we know support systems that are…to put it simply…evil. Too often we put the burden of conversations around race on the people being attacked by the systems meant to marginalize them, because it gives us an excuse to avoid it.
Des: 30-40s. Female. Afro-Latino or Latino (native Spanish speaker).
Former military. Calm, centered, someone who feels like a natural leader with a commanding presence. While she’s always willing to do what needs to be done to survive, and she has, she’s found a way to maintain a sense of hope. She’s willing to look for the good in others without being naive about the risks of the world she lives in. She and Peter were close friends when they served together, but they haven’t seen one another for the five years since the infection broke out. And she’s aware that anyone who has survived in this world could be dangerous.
Female Follower: 20s-60s. Female ideally, but open to Males. Latino but white passing. (native Spanish speaker.)
A person who has lived the life of a follower for many years. Desperate, malnourished, looking for a way out of her situation.
Dates: Filming starts Aug 15th, and we’re planning on a 20 day shoot.
Pay: Des: $1000 stipend and an offer for a percentage of profits should we turn a profit.
Female Follower: $125 a day. (1 to 3 day shoot at most).
Union status: Non-union. However, if a union actor is perfect for the role, we’re willing to look at taking the project union if they can’t get a waiver from SAG.
Location: Sanford & Midland, Michigan. The flood damage, unfortunately, provides a perfect backdrop for a post-apocalyptic film.
If you’re interested, e-mail me, along with a headshot, resume, and links to any reels/clips that you have and we’ll get back to you with audition materials. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!