Fayetteville native Chad Crawford Kinkle has received international attention with the 2013 Slamdance premier of “Jug Face”, a horror movie he wrote and directed in Tennessee.
At the 2011 Slamdance Screenwriting & Teleplay Competition in Park City, Utah, Kinkle’s “Jug Face” was selected Best Horror Screenplay and was named the Grand Prize winner.
“It was the first time for a horror movie to win the grand prize,” said Kinkle during a phone interview Wednesday.
With the recent premier of the movie at Slamdance, Chad explained that it will likely be shown around the world at film festivals, have a limited run and then be sold as a Video on Demand.
“Jug Face” has been described as eerie and surreal, taking place in a rural, back woods community that worships a mysterious deep pit. This pit demands blood sacrifices. Each sacrifice is identified by a face on a newly-crafted ceramic jug.
Ada, played by Lauren Ashley Carter, sees her face on the new vessel and is determined to save her life and that of her unborn child. She tries to resist and buries the jug deep in the woods, but the pit will keep killing others unless Ada sacrifices herself.
Other professional actors in the film include Sean Young, Sean Bridgers, Larry Fessenden and Daniel Manche.
“Jug Face” was produced by Andrew van den Houten, president of MODERNCINÉ.
Chad’s inspiration for the script, he said, came from looking at vessels made by a Southern folk potter in a museum in North Georgia located on the street where his wife’s aunt and uncle live. The potter made vessels to hold various liquids, including ones that would hold moonshine and poisons for use in a farming operation. He said the faces were grotesque and that he envisioned a potter that was possessed, making the face of a victim.
He said the biggest challenge in making this movie was the 17-day shoot in April.
“It was filmed in three locations, a farm in Franklin, two stores in Springfield, Tennessee, and a few properties in Fairview, Tennessee,” Chad said.
Chad is the son of Carl and Laura Kinkle, owners of Crawford Supply in Fayetteville. While in junior high school here, reading books by authors such as Shirley Jackson served as his inspiration. He would make horror movies with his parents’ VHS camcorder.
In school, his creativity became evident, and he excelled in art. His visual gifts eventually sent him to The Savannah College of Art and Design, where his creativity appeared in the form of filmmaking. He was drawn to the film program, and his giftings helped him grow as a director. Chad graduated, and then moved to New York where he attended The New School to further his knowledge of horror film theory.
He and his wife, Amy, moved back to Tennessee where he could focus on his writing. He had been writing for eight years before this breakthrough.
Chad is currently working on some story ideas and is in the process of finishing another screenplay.