Left for dead in an open grave, Emilia struggles to keep both her life
and her sanity.
A young woman bound in the front seat of a car watches helpless as her captor digs a grave in the desert ground. The lifeless body of her boyfriend lies framed in the rear-view mirror, a fate she will fight at all costs to avoid for herself. But this is only the beginning of a brutal struggle where survival could be worse than death.
About the cast/crew:
Christopher James Lang is a recent east coast arrival. Growing up on the northwest Oregon coast, Chris attended the University of Oregon Journalism school, where his senior documentary on prison work programs (Behind These Walls) won a national Emmy distinction in 2006. Making the move into narrative film making, Chris wrote, directed and produced a 30 min short and an award winning 70 minute feature (‘Franklin Wunder’ SNOB Film Festival best dramatic film) before moving to Boston to pursue a more professional production career. After accruing credits for Lifetime, TLC and A&E, Chris returned to independent film production with his second, multiple award winning feature, ‘Our Life in Make Believe.’ He has since moved to Washington DC where he assembled a team from all over the continent to work on his third feature, ‘Valley of Ditches.’ For this film, he drew heavily on his experience directing true crime recreations for Investigation Discovery and TV One. He is currently planning his fourth feature, a mystery thriller with supernatural undertones.
Amanda Todisco is an actress and writer known for Valley of Ditches (2016) and Our Life in Make Believe (2014). She grew up in Boston, MA, the youngest of four children. She has had a passion for performing since she was a child, first starring in plays at a local church and later discovering independent film. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a B.A. in English. When not acting or writing, she teaches low-income inner-city middle school students at a public charter school in Boston.
Russell has been performing since elementary and high school in both stage musicals and Shakespeare, graduating from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre before moving to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. Russell has studied acting for the past ten years, taken improv at LA Connections Comedy Theatre, The Groundlings, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. He has also starred in several independent feature films, His latest projects “A VALLEY OF DITCHES,” “ALWAYS WITH YOU,” and “MODERN RUINS” will premiere later this year. He filmed a political ad earlier this year for the Ted Cruz campaign and also an episode for TRUE NIGHTMARES on the Discovery Channel.
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IT’S NOT MY FAULT AND I DON’T CARE ANYWAY – A rich and famous self-help guru’s controversial philosophy of extreme selfishness is put to the ultimate test when his only daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom (featuring the late Alan Thicke)
VALLEY OF DITCHES – A young woman bound in the front seat of a parked car watches helpless as her captor methodically digs a grave in the desert ground. The bloody lifeless body of her boyfriend lies framed in the rear-view mirror, a fate she will fight at all costs to avoid for herself. But this is only the beginning of a brutal struggle where survival could be worse than death.
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