THE GOLDEN KEY is a drama/adventure student short film directed by Katie Travis and a MCTC Cinema Division Production 2012. The tale of a young prairie boy whose search for treasure is crushed by a devastating tragedy. He must overcome his fears or lose everything.
CAST & CREW
Director: Katie Travis
Producers: Katie Travis, Karen Travis, Rebecca Heerdt, Luke Johnson
Screenwriter: Abbie Elrod
Screen Story: Katie Travis
Director of Photography: Innokenty Zavyalov
Editor: Joey Albrecht
Art Directors: Tom Heerdt & Rebecca Heerdt
Music Composer: Kathryn Knuttila
Costume Designer: Karen Travis
Academic Advisors: Santanu Chatterjee, Mary Ahmann, Hafed Bouassida
IAN: Noah Coon
HELEN: Anna Klemp
JOHN: Roger Wayne
About the Project
THE GOLDEN KEY was Katie Travis’ thesis project upon graduating Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s A.S. degree program in Cinema: Directing and Producing. This 1800s time-period production was filmed on location in Hector, Minnesota in February 2012. The original story of this short film was inspired by the short story by The Brothers Grimm of the same title. The film was shot over five days in the unpredictable Minnesota winter with the Panasonic HPX-170 camera. This film’s original musical score was composed by Kathryn Knuttila from McNally Smith College of Music. THE GOLDEN KEY premiered in May 2012.
SHOWINGS & AWARDS
Winner of MCTC’s 2012 Cinema Excellence Awards for “Best Director”, “Best Cinematographer”, “Best Editor”, and a Finalist for “Best Screenwriter”.
MAY 11, 2012 – THE GOLDEN KEY screened at the MCTC Short Film Expo.
JUNE 19, 2012 – Katie Travis FILM GRADUATION CELEBRATION at Marcus Shakopee Cinema
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 – SUMMONED Premiere Screening at Marcus Shakopee Cinema
JULY 10, 2015 – HECTOR DAYS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL