Katie Travis Films presents SUMMONED, an action/adventure/fantasy short film created by Minnesota talent. When a mysterious summons arrives, Elizabeth Estel (Katie Travis), once part of the great rebellion, seizes her chance to give the key to the rebel’s secret passage to the King with the hope that he might take her back into his service. However, coming out of hiding brings Captain Wolf (Joshua Robertson) and his rebel scouts hounding her trail. With the help of a blind woodsman, Glyndrill (Josh Cisewski), and the wood elf, Aagwena (Karissa Travis), Elizabeth must reach the King’s men on the seventh day…or else die in the attempt.


Director: Katie Travis

Producers: Karen Travis, Rebecca Heerdt, Katie Travis

Writers: Katie Travis, Karen Travis

Director of Photography: Peter Wagner

Editor: Joey Albrecht

Assistant Director: Joshua Robertson

Assistant Camera: Abbie Elrod, Bob McManus, Dustin West

Make-up Artist: Jacqi Beck

Costume Design: Karen Travis

Music Composer: Andy Karg & Kathryn Karg


GLYNDRILL: Josh Cisewski

AAGWENA: Karissa Travis

CAPTAIN WOLF: Joshua Robertson

PEDDLER: Chris Audet

BRIAN: Joel Robertson

and more


SUMMONED came to life in the summer of 2013. The purpose behind the making of this short film was to continue the entirely volunteer cast and crew’s training in professional film technique. Like any art form, the only way to hone your craft is by doing it. This film is over three times the length of Katie Travis’ previous film The Golden Key; with a cast of over twenty actors, period costumes, visual effects, and locations from Hector, MN to Maiden Rock, WI.

Having completed the script in the early summer of 2013, Katie Travis started searching for the filmmaking talent that could bring this story to life. Once when describing the scope of the project to a potential crew member she was told “You know this is impossible right?” She responded “Yes.” There was a pause… “Well, ok, as long as you know. So how are we going to do this?” Production began on August 3, 2013 and wrapped on September 21, 2013 – beautifully shot by Director of Photography Peter Wagner of MediaKiln, LLC. Over the next several months the film was in the editing room with Joey Albrecht (winner of MCTC’s Cinema Excellence Awards: Editing for The Golden Key). Picture lock of the film was reached in mid-February 2014 and was then scored by the musical brilliance of Andy and Kathryn Karg of 2gether Productions. Between April and September 2014 sound design, ADR recording, color grading, and visual effects were in motion; as well as, a successful Indiegogo Funding Campaign to exhibit the project. The film premiered in September, with a November DVD release. Order your DVD here.


On September 20th, 2013 SUMMONED, premiered at the Marcus Cinema (Shakopee, MN).

In 2015 Summoned traveled the film festival circut and was honored to be an Official Selection 2015 at the SPEECHLESS FILM FESTIVAL (Mankato, MN) Friday, March 20, 2015.

Summoned was chosen as an Offical Selection 2015 at the BAREBONES INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Muskogee, OK) and was screened at the Roxy Theater on Friday, April 17, 2015. Summoned was also an Award Nominee 2015 for BEST FAMILY FEATURE and the FORD AUSTIN’S BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE.

Summoned was also an Official Selection 2015 at the ILLINOIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Westmont, IL) on May 2-3, 2015.

Summoned screened at the HECTOR DAYS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL (Hector, MN) on July 10, 2015.

Summoned‘s original motion picture soundtrack by Andy and Kathryn Karg was an ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE NOMINEE at the BAREBONES INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Muskogee, OK) in 2016.

Bring home this award-nominated adventure/fantasy short film on DVD and journey to a world of elves, heroes and adventure. Includes 50-min short film, hilarious “Summend: Blooper Reel“, and more.