a feature film
cast & team
Written/Directed by Olivia Lilley
Cinematography by Greg Stephen Reigh
Production Design by Nina D'Angier
Costume Design by Anna Wooden
Produced by Sam George
Associate Produced by Harley Foos & Caitlin Shantz
Presented by Luna Mojo & Pop Magic Productions
Electra Tremulis as Sara
Mary Kate Young as Amanda
Jojo Brown as Molly
Vic Kuligoski as Felix
Alec Phan as Lucifer
Cameron Roberts as Roger
Nico Fernandez as Tyler
Ashlea Woodley as Gwen
Chelsea Turner as Lucy II
The Snowpeople Pitchdeck shoot; Still by Greg Stephen Reigh, Olivia Lilley, Anna Wooden, & Nina D'Angier
logline & synopsis
After two years on the road, runaway crust punk Sara returns to Chicago to confront the circle of friends she abandoned when her crush was outed as a rapist.
In 2013, Sara’s DIY house burned down and her crush was outed as a rapist.
Two years later, she returns to Chicago to confront the friends she abandoned. When another tragedy occurs, Sara will stop at nothing to save everyone from their devastating cycle of violence, silence, and gas lighting.
Research, Logan Square
Photos by Greg Stephen Reigh & Olivia Lilley
When horrific crimes like sexual assault and domestic abuse happen in our communities, the repercussions are never easy or clear-cut. Not only was a victim and a perpetrator involved but also everybody around them is guilty of enabling these things to take place. “The Snowpeople” takes a deep, hard look at what happens when people try to move on without first being willing to look at themselves and how they are responsible. In our story, after running the hell away for two years, Sara comes back to face the friends she abandoned and the crush she has not gotten over who is a rapist. We also follow Amanda, the survivor, who gets swept up in this same group of friends’ shenanigans when she chooses to be a support system for fellow survivor and member of the group, Roger. This is a story I absolutely have to tell because when we see these issues portrayed on screen, the situations are simplified and made to be digestible. There are always clear villains and heroes. The reality could not be further from the truth. “The Snowpeople” is a film that dares to portray characters who mean well but don’t always do the right thing. Rather than allowing us to turn on them, this story asks us to sit in that uncomfortable space with them, feeling our allegiances shift and change. In a time where there are numerous public statements in which friends of perpetrators admit they were wrong and years long restorative justice practices go down the drain in a single night, as a society, we have to go a step backwards and take a closer look at how we got here, if we really want to figure out what real lasting change looks like.