Saint Valentine

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2012 Riverside International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2011 Temecula Valley International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2011 Action on Film International Film Festival

Love is like toxoplasmosis.

The story of what happens to an unlucky young lover when the stars align against him on Valentine’s Day.

Running time: 16:05

Directed by Stephen Crutchfield
Written by Melanie Crutchfield
Produced by Stephen Crutchfield, Melanie Crutchfield, Josh Krohn, and Jason Gnerre
Saint Valentine on IMDB

Short Synopsis

Wes (Travis Lincoln Cox), a young, smart, but unlucky twenty-something, needs this Valentine’s Day to go right. His relationship with his girlfriend, Angela (Whitney Morgan Cox) has been falling apart, but he’s hoping tonight will put it back together. That doesn’t seem to be in the cards though –Wes is breaking out in a rash, the dinner reservation gets lost, and finally, Wes and Angela are seated next to love’s most outspoken (and rather drunk) critic (Timothy Carr). As the weaknesses of their relationship are unknowingly narrated by the crotchety stranger, both Wes and Angela get the feeling that this night together might be their last.

Cast

Travis Lincoln Cox – Wes. Travis Lincoln Cox is an actor, writer, and lover of life. He is always trying to keep himself busy whether with plays, films, music, writing, or just having fun. Travis is theatrically trained and has been nominated for the Irene Ryan award two times for his work in 110 IN THE SHADE and AS YOU LIKE IT. Travis can be seen in the Disney filmJOHN CARTER and has a leading role in the web series MILD MANNERED. He is always an advocate of being happy, and doing what you love.

Whitney Morgan Cox, Saint ValentineWhitney Morgan Cox – Angela. Whitney Morgan Cox is an accomplished actor who has received the National Irene Ryan Award and was named one of the top sixteen collegiate actors by the Kennedy Center. Whitney’s background in theatre and dance has placed her in performances ranging from MACBETH to SWEENEY TODD to THE NUTCRACKER. She can be seen in the Disney filmJOHN CARTER and has a leading role in the web series MILD MANNERED.

Timothy Carr Saint ValentineTimothy Carr – Bill. Since his arrival to San Diego from Chicago in 2000, Timothy Carr has had the opportunity to work with numerous independent and community theaters throughout San Diego. One of his favorite stage roles was the Bailiff in Sledgehammer Theatre’s acclaimed THE TRIAL OF GEO. W. BUSH in 2006. Timothy has also worked with independent filmmakers in San Diego and Los Angeles and has contributed his skills to student film projects at SDSU, UCSD, Chapman Univ. and AFI.

Chuck McCarthy Saint ValentineChuck McCarthy – Jay. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Chuck McCarthy now lives in Hollywood, where he does his fair share of Hollywood Acting. Beyond acting, he enjoys a certain amount of notoriety as a blogger and Internet neerdowell. Distrusting intimacy has become second nature for Chuck, so it is little wonder that he was chosen and is happy to bring the character Jay to life. Love is only meant to bring us pain, as those who have loved can tell you… love does not last and only pain remains. Chuck thinks he made that last bit up, but there is no telling. The same thing has probably been said a million times, in a million different ways, by a million different hopeless romantics.

EP McKnight Saint ValentineEP McKinght – Cindy. EP McKnight (SAG, AEA, AFTRA) is a poet, actress, and writer.  Her Los Angeles theatre credits include AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, CRANE MISSISSIPPI, EXILES FROM PARADISE, LEO’S BARBERSHOP  & GRILL, SPINNELI, SECRETS OF THE PUSSYCAT. New York theatre credits include FENCES, THE CRUCIBLE, DO LORD REMEMBER ME, BLACK GIRL, MY DIARY, and A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Television credits include ER, ONCE & AGAIN, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, DHARMA & GREGG, LAW & ORDER, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN, ANOTHER WORLD, and several commercials. Film credits include HAZING, RAT RACE, PRINCESS DIARIES, SHAKEDOWN COP, JUNGLE FEVER, and QUICK CHANGE. Writing credits include I QUESTION AMERICA, a play about Fannie Lou Hamer, and CATCH THE SPIRIT, a play about Bessie Coleman.

Annaiah Jones Saint ValentineAnnaniah Jones – Hostess. Annaiah Jones is an actress with credits in many television shows, including TERRIERS, and has appeared in 6 films. She has also modeled commercially for Coca-Cola and Crest Toothpaste and has appeared in national and local television commercials.

About Saint Valentine

SAINT VALENTINE is a collaboration between husband and wife, Stephen and Melanie Crutchfied (director and writer, respectively). Melanie wrote the script after she heard a radio story on toxoplasmosis. She likened the intoxicating effects toxoplasmosis has on rats to the foolhardy thoughts of a person in love. This belief manifests itself in the character Bill, a harsh critic of love who nearly ruins Wes’s evening. Even though Bill is an old curmudgeon, he may have a point. After 12 years of marriage, Melanie and Stephen have come to learn that love is not always easy. The Crutchfields cast another married couple (Travis Lincoln Cox and Whitney Morgan Cox) in the leading roles of Wes and Angela. Their natural chemistry brought the characters to life. The Crutchfields hope that SAINT VALENTINE inspires the viewer to believe that love is worth the risk.

Production Notes

Writer Melanie Crutchfield was inspired to write the script after she heard this Radiolab show that talked about toxoplasmosis.

The first draft revolved around the drunk but charming Bill, who shared his thoughts on love with strangers at a bar on Valentine’s Day.

Travis Lincoln Cox got in a motorcycle accident the day before production. Cox’s tooth punctured his skin below his lip. The puncture can be seen throughout the film and is played off the first time we see him as a razor cut.

The restaurant scenes were shot at Donovan’s Steakhouse in La Jolla, CA over four days from 10:00am to 3:15pm. Being poor film students, that was the only time the restaurant allowed the crew to shoot on the shoestring budget that they had (THANK YOU DONOVAN’S!). Martini hour started at 4:00pm. It’s highly recommend, if you’re not a poor film student.

Four of the six main actors were cast through video auditions. Director Stephen Crutchfield never met them in person until rehearsals.

Due to Chuck’s web presence – IdeasbyChuck.com, chuckmccarthy.com – and because he fit the role of Jay so naturally, Melanie and Stephen considered having Chuck play himself.

The jazzy original score was written, recorded, and mixed in 3 days by Chris Truitt and friends in Bakersfield, CA.

Crew

Director/Producer  STEPHEN CRUTCHFIELD
Writer/Producer  MELANIE CRUTCHFIELD
Prod. Mngr./Producer  JASON GNERRE
1st AD/Producer  JOSH KROHN
Director of photography  CHRISTINA CERVANTES
Production designer  CL WARD
Costume designer  SONIA ELIZABETH LERNER
Music  CHRIS TRUITT
Script supervisors ELIZABETH SPITSBERGEN, JULIE KULAS
1st AC/2nd cam op  JON SPEYERS
2nd assistant camera  PAT CLARK
Lead gaffer  CHRISTIAN BUTCHER
Best boy  ERIC LINGLE
Grip  KARLA ESQUIVEL, JONATHAN TSANG
Art director  ELIZABETH SWAFFIELD
Extras casting  JEFF GARDINER
Audio mixers  DANIEL GIGGY, ISAAC HANSEN
Audio assistants  HALEY BISHOP, TIM DEMARTIN
Wardrobe  PAGE STEINBAUER
Still photography  JULIE GERATHS
Editor  STEPHEN CRUTCHFIELD
Production assistants  RILEY CANNON, CASSIES LEWIS, COLE PETERSON
Musicians  KRIS TINER (Trumpet), BRIAN PALLA (Drums), TARA LEBRUN (Vocals), RYAN DEMBOSKY (Tenor Sax), CHRIS TRUITT (the rest)

A Kathleen Kennedy Production Grant made this film possible.

Production Stills

Saint Valentine, Stephen Crutchfield

The crew makes some adjustments.

Saint Valentine, Stephen Crutchfield

Director Stephen Crutchfield discusses a scene with Timothy Carr, Travis Lincoln Cox, and Whitney Morgan Cox.

Saint Valentine, Stephen Crutchfield

Crutchfield rehearses a scene with Annaish Jones, Whitney Morgan Cox, and Travis Lincoln Cox.

Saint Valantine, Travis Lincoln Cox, Whitney Morgan Cox

Wes (Travis Lincoln Cox) gets the feeling that this may be his last night with Angela (Whitney Morgan Cox).

Saint Valentine, Whitney Morgan Cox, Travis Lincoln Cox, Timothy Carr

Bill (Timothy Carr) schools the young couple (Travis Lincoln Cox and Whitney Morgan Cox) in the ways of love… “You know what love is don’t you? It’s a chemical conspiracy of the evolutionary imperative. In comes love, out goes thought, all for the good of the species.”

Saint Valentine, Chuck McCarthy, Travis Lincoln Cox

Jay (Chuck McCarthy) tries to convince Wes (Travis Lincoln Cox) that single life ain’t that bad… “Look at me, I’m single…”

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