Mary Cameron Rogers as River in River – Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures
Emily Skye and Mary Cameron Rogers are executive producers of the new film River. Like in most indie films the participants have more than one role. There is no exception in River, going from a short film to a full length movie. Skye is also the writer, director and is making her directorial debut with River. While Rogers returns to play the protagonist after the success of the short film, River had at film festivals.
River is a psychological sci-fi thriller that follows River Allen (Mary Cameron Rogers, “Under The Silver Lake”), a 20-something woman who searches for her fragmented identity. After her mother’s death, River has spiraled emotionally out of control. When she disappears for over a week with no recollection of how she returned home, River loses all sense of self and purpose. Disturbing, nightmarish images haunt her mind. She believes that she has lost her grip on reality, which she believes is due to her grieving for her departed mother. But a darker, undiscovered secret taunts her. River’s best friend, Amanda Banks (Alexandra Rose), guides her on a self-discovery journey to find the truth. However, River soon discovers that Amanda conceals her own frightening secrets. Faced with her shattered psyche, River fights for her sanity that is tormented by nightmares that have originated from the surrounding forest. Will she uncover the disturbing truth that could save her, or will she slip deeper into insanity?
Emily Skye gained experience from doing short films to directing the television series documentary Binder Stash coming out later this year. She will soon be starting her next film, Sherry Ln in Florida starring Mary Caeron Rogers.
Mary Cameron Rogers showed interest in entertainment at a young age and was involved in modeling. She participated in local live performances growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rogers’ film debut was in the short film, Si Loin in 2012. Shortly after she relocated to Los Angeles and has worked in television, filsn, music videos, commercials and print. Rogers has been seen in The Last, Under The Silver Lake and will soon start working with Emily Skye again for her new film, Sherry Ln.
I was connected with Emily Skye and Mary Cameron Rogers via Zoom to discuss the making of River. The two ladies shared their excitement for this film’s success in coming together from a short film to a full length. Skye shared what she would’ve done differently had she had a bigger budget and working with a small cast. Rogers discussed what helped her play River again and the advantage of being able to show more about her character this time around.
River will be available in VOD July 13, 2021