On a remote moon, a teenage girl and her father search for elusive alien gems. But they aren't the only ones roaming the moon's toxic forest in this lean, locally made sci-fi western about survival and wanting to get home.
The best science fiction stories inspire the imagination to fill out an incredible universe, and Prospect succeeds with memorable characters inhabiting a believable lush green moon (an unrecognizable Olympic National Park) with a toxic golden-hued atmosphere. Cee (newcomer Sophie Thatcher) and her father Damon (Jay Duplass, Outside In) are on a risk-filled mission to mine a unique mineral inside an organic sac called Aurelacs. Once their secondhand spaceship lands, it becomes apparent they are going to need another way off the planet. Damon has heard of a cluster of Aurelacs known as the "Queen's Lair," but with other prospectors around it won't be easy to quietly mine it and buy their way back into space. To make matters worse, the two get into an altercation with a pair of brothers, forcing Cee to reluctantly ally with Ezra (Pedro Pascal, "Game of Thrones"), a bottom feeder who can never quite be trusted. Directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell have fused this low-budget sci-fi with a western lens that deepens the desperation of their characters within a world void of rules. Both Duplass and Pascal are strong as father figures, but it's Thatcher who ably reveals herself as the strongest character in the film as she struggles to stay alive and figure out a way back to her orbiting ship.
Chris Caldwell founded the production company Shep Films, along with Zeek Earl, in 2010. Since meeting at Seattle Pacific University, Caldwell and Earl have collaborated on numerous short films and commercials.
Zeek Earl attended Seattle Pacific University where he studied creative writing. His short films include Flirting's For Dummies (2009), In the Pines (2011), and Prospect (2014), which he adapted into his feature film debut.
Sponsored by 4Culture, Encore City Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Weekly, Washington State Arts Commission, Shoreline Community College, National Endowment for the Arts, Ingeniux, Seattle University Film Studies
- Director: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell
- Principal Cast: Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, Jay Duplass, Andre Royo, Sheila Vand, Anwan Glover
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA, Canada
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 100 minutes
- Producer: Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, Scott Glassgold, Dan Balgoyen, Garrick Dion, Matthias Mellinghaus
- Screenplay: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell
- Cinematographers: Zeek Earl
- Editors: Paul Frank
- Music: Daniel L.K. Caldwell
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Endeavor Content