ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The producers of Ledge Dweller would like to make this film on behalf of all middle-aged women and little people. When was the last time Hollywood made a film about middle-aged women and cast middle-aged women to play those roles? Furthermore, when was the last positive depiction of little people in a motion picture? We all want to be seen and respected for who we truly are. Middle-aged women and little people are no different.
Ledge Dweller is a dark comedy about a woman’s midlife crisis and her subsequent discovery of love with a little person. The film’s protagonist, 46 year-old Jill Pierce, is a bored, unfulfilled, middle-aged wife and mother who engages in increasingly high-risk behaviors to ignite feeling and meaning in her life. She embarks on a self-destructive journey — drinking, drugging, peeping, stealing, committing assault and making out with her daughter’s high school quarterback boyfriend — that leads to potentially devastating consequences. Jill realizes that she has to jump and lose herself to find herself. More than anything, this is a love story about a middle-aged woman who learns to accept and love herself, and in the process, discovers real love with someone unexpected. This stereotype-shattering film defies restrictive sexual norms and empowers women to see the infinite potential that lies before them.
This film also provides a platform for little people, who constitute another under-recognized segment of our society. Our media has failed to dispel the negative stereotypes that serve to disempower, rather than empower little people. Seldom do films portray short-statured people in a positive, dignified light; for example, the scene of dwarf-tossing in the 2013 movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, which perpetuates the stereotype of little people as objects of jest and entertainment. Ledge Dweller aims to dispel the negative stereotyping by presenting an empowering representation of a short-statured, middle-aged man, who refuses to allow his height to define him. This begs the question: why should anyone allow physical limitations or challenges to restrict what lies at the core of his or her personhood?
Hence, the film’s dimensional, catalytic role of Dr. Joe Truman, who is a successful general surgeon at the local hospital in the story. Jill meets Joe and develops a connection with him over the course of the film, but enough said for fear of revealing too much. Not since the 2003 film, The Station Agent, has a short-statured role been as pivotal and critical in promoting the heart of the storyline. Stay tuned for more…
FRANK E. JOHNSON
Frank E. Johnson, ASC has been in the motion picture business for over 35 years, beginning as a cameraman in the United States Air Force, where he photographed Apollo 11’s return to earth after the moon landing. His early career in Hollywood consisted of shooting and directing documentaries and corporate films, including documentaries for Billy Graham’s Evangelistic Association’s World Wide Pictures. Among Johnson’s television credits are The A Team, Hunter, Wiseguy, Walker Texas Ranger and Touched By An Angel. His feature film credits include Amazing Racer, The Last Reunion, The Taking Of Beverly Hills, and The Predator. Johnson has been nominated for numerous cinematography and directing awards and is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and the Director’s Guild of America (DGA).
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Lindsay Wilner moved out west to Salt Lake City, Utah to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology. She’s the founding director of the Christmas Box House, a center for at-risk children, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. A champion of women’s issues, Lindsay attended Cambridge University in England to complete a thesis on the Unmarried Woman’s Role in Victorian Society. Her clinical research has focused on the developmental implications of sexual trauma in an adolescent female population, shedding much-needed light on young women’s issues. In her clinical practice, Dr. Wilner frequently came across women clients who were wrestling with midlife crises. After having one of her own, she pursued a different career path as a screenwriter of narrative films. Ledge Dweller, the movie, is dedicated to all women who seek rebirth in middle age.