Stray is a dark drama about a killer who decides to settle down in a small town to start a family. But first she must find the right guy to help make it happen – whether he wants to or not.
After fending off a vicious tattooed attacker, JENNIFER catches a passing train and takes a seat next to MARVIN. By the time they reach the end of the line, she has persuaded Marvin to take her home, then surprises him by sneaking into his guest room and falling asleep. He awakens in the middle of the night to Jennifer standing next to his bed. She makes love to him. After sex, she asks him to marry her. He turns her down, assuming the offer was made in jest. She is clearly upset. The next morning she awakens in his bed alone.
Ensconced in Marvin’s lovely home, Jennifer sets out on a walking tour of the idyllic village of Chestnut Hill. Before the day is done she finds work as a short-order cook at a local Bar & Grill. Immediately she develops designs on bar owner, GREG, despite the presence of his fiancée SARAH. After Jennifer manages to split them up, she hooks up with Greg, soon displaying a growing pregnancy. Once the baby is born, it becomes clear Jennifer is not maternal, and Greg begins to think he’s been duped into fatherhood. As motherhood further unravels Jennifer, Sarah meets with a grisly fate. Greg suspects Jennifer of the crime and confronts her. At the end of her rope, Jennifer opts for a drastic solution, eventually finding herself back where she started.
Experimenting with film since the 1970’s, Nena Eskridge has an extensive background in film and video production. She studied film at Ithaca College, where she graduated with honors. She was the first woman at Ithaca College to win the prestigious Pendleton award. After finishing college, she moved to New York City where she garnered many years of experience in film production. Using her passion for filmmaking and well-honed leadership skills, Nena makes her directorial debut with her award-winning screenplay, Stray. She now lives and writes in Philadelphia, where Stray was filmed.
David Landau, Director of Photography, and co-producer of Stray, is a five time Telly Award winner in cinematography and lighting, and author of the new book “Lighting for Cinematography” from Bloomsbury Press. He is also an IATSE local 52 gaffer, who has worked professionally for years in the film and TV industry.
A life-long musician, John Avarese began studying classical piano at the age of four. To date, John has composed over 3000 commissioned scores and recorded an elegant collection of film music, as well as mixing and sound design on twenty theatrical feature films and scores of shorts.
For over twenty years, Sam has worked as a filmmaker in the editing rooms of over 50 feature films with such luminary directors as Sidney Lumet, Andrew Bergman, Ulu Grosbard, Robert Redford, Frank Gilroy, and Nora Ephron. Since 2002, he has produced two feature films, Screen Door Jesus and Welcome to Academia , as well as the Academy Award-nominated short documentary film, Salim Baba.
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