: Narrative Short
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production


When a young social elite at the turn of the nineteenth century explores life as a modern woman, she risks losing the man she loves and a certain future.


At the turn of the 19th century, Midwestern, social elite Clemence Finch, returns from an outing with Birgit Johannsen a prominent, independent, European woman who engineers a luncheon at a local hotel without a male family member escort. The thrill of her newfound freedom and independence shatters Clemence’s world and her once singular desire to marry the man she loves and bear his children is called into question.


To introduce you to Clemence’s world as a social elite who resides in a giant mansion in the wealthiest neighborhood in the city, we will shoot using wide angle lens. With a wide angle lens I can show the beautiful interiors that Clemence inhabits with beautifully sculpted woodwork, fine art, and tapestries. Using a Steadicam will allow me to convey Clemence’s attitude and persona wherein she floats through life unencumbered by unwanted thoughts, obligations and responsibilities. She is free to focus on whatever she desires. As Clemence and Alba admire a newly acquired ball gown, we will use a hand-held camera to become more intimate with her examination of the structure, which will emphasize her passion and excitement for fashion and beauty. The examination of the ball gown will also contrast with the enormity of the story Clemence relays to Alba, of meeting Mrs. Johannsen and of their adventure of dining at a local hotel without a male escort. The enormity and lifechanging event is downplayed by the preoccupation with the ball gown. As the day turns to night and Clemence meets her intended Samuel at an opulent gathering, we will use a more lock down style, focusing on Clemence’s discomfort at the realization that her standing in the world is more limiting and smothering than she was previously aware of. By crowding Clemence into the corners of the frame, making her look small and helpless we will feel her oppression. With her final decision to forego love in her quest for independence and self-rule, we will see her more evenly balanced in the frame.


Julie Koehnen - Writer/Director/Producer

After getting her degree from LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Koehnen pursued her passion for filmmaking by writing, producing, acting and directing short films, and had her full-length feature RAISING THE DEAD (a.k.a. DON’T TELL) successfully produced by Peer Oppenheimer Productions starring Alison Eastwood. In 2017 Koehnen left a successful editing career in Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking and screenwriting full time. In 2019 she was awarded the 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to create AWAKENING the sequel to her award winning film Master Servant, and she is also the recipient of the 2020 Metropolitan Regional Arts Grant Next Step Fund. She is currently developing and writing the television series Summit Avenue inspired by the Empire builder, James J. Hill as well as developing the independent feature A SLIP OF THE KNOT. Julie loves to dance and is currently learning the Balboa.

Ryan Grams - Producer

Ryan is truly an artisan of the moving image. Whether he's serving as cinematographer, director, editor or all three at once—Ryan’s work reveals an incredible ability to make the intimate feel spectacular and the spectacular feel intimate. From short-films and documentaries to commercials and other branded content.


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UPDATE - September 29, 2020

Awakening has successfully completed production! An image from our shoot: Clemence enters the house

UPDATE - September 02, 2020

Our filming date is coming fast. September 12th and the 13th! In the meantime, we are still celebrating Master Servant, the first in the series of short films. Master Servant will be playing for the Filmmaker series for the Lake Placid Film Festival. Please check us out and enjoy the online screening of Master Servant followed by a Q&A with the director Julie Koehnen.

Lake Placid Film Festival Filmmakers Series

UPDATE - July 21, 2020

Happy to be in preproduction. Covid production scout. #directedbywomen #womenmakemovies #RavenstreamProductions

Location scout - SUMMIT AVENUE

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