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The Letter Carrier


1860. A dark fairytale folklore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The story of a boy and his family, hidden from slavery, and a parent's will to protect their freedom at all costs...

Information for the Audience: 

Set circa 1860 and told through original music, a family is hidden in the mountains where a chilling lore allows them to live free from bondage.

A mother keeps her family from slavery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The children have grown up with the tale of a man known as The Letter Carrier. As the legend goes, he roams the mountains looking for children to sell as slaves. Little do they know who he really is and that the consequences of this time will echo for generations. Painted against this historical backdrop comes an interpretive fable told through a cappella song, using original folk music, spirituals and a score using only natural sounds. All songs were performed live while shooting.

Directoral Debut of Jesse L. Martin & Rick Cosnett

Story and Lyrics by Jesse L. Martin 

Musical Arrangments by Carlos Valdes 

Produced by Meliisa B Kyle, Patrick Sabongui & Betty Dubney 

Cast: Candus Churchill, Julia Harnett, Tyler Layton-Olson, Serena Crouse, Mariesa Course, Gary Starkell, Jaelen Harnett 


Screenings / Awards: 


HIMPFF November winner for : Best Drama Short, Best Short Musical Score , Best Short Editing (Michael T. Capone) Best Short Producign (Melissa B Kyle, Patrick Sabongui, Betty Dubney) 


Febuary 2016- Cast and Crew Screening 

Jan 27, 2017- Denton Black Film Festival

Feb 18, 2017- Bill Johnson Black Film Festival 

Information for theatres: 

Completeion Date: February 22, 2016

Production Budget: 54, 000 USD

Country of Filming: Canada

Film Language: English 

Shooting Format: 4k Digital 

Aspect Ratio: 2:39:1

Film is in Colour

First time film maker: No 

First time Director: Yes 

Student Project: No

Distribution budget: 
Directed by: 
Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett
Writing credits: 
Jesse L. Martin
Candus Churchill, Julia Harnett, Tyler Layton- Olson, Serena Crouse, Mariesa Crouse, Jaelen Harnett, Gary Starkell
Produced by: 
Patrick Sabongui, Melissa B. Kyle, Betty Dubney
Music by: 
Lyrics - Jesse L. Martin Arrangements - Carlos Valdes
Cinematography by: 
C. Kim Myles
Film Editing by: 
Michael T. Capone
Production Design by: 
Tyler Harron
Costume Design by: 
Syreeta Wootton
Production Management: 
Betty Dubney
Release Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Official website:
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