Thane of East County
Directed by Jesse Keller
Down-on-his-luck actor James Cuthbert has a small role in a funky little theatre’s production of Macbeth. He strikes up a steamy affair with Jen, who plays Lady Macbeth and is also the young trophy wife of the rich, pompous lead actor.
Together, James and Jen hatch a plan to murder the husband and take his fortune and his theatre. But after some bizarre encounters with the actress who play the Three Witches (who appear to actually be witches off stage as well), and as James’s best friend begins to get suspicious, James and Jen realize their lives are beginning to parallel the story of Macbeth, where “blood will have blood.” But try as they might, they can’t seem to break out of a story that’s hurtling towards an inevitable, tragic conclusion…
Jesse Keller is a writer and director, and a graduate of the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Before film school, he wrote websites for plastic surgeons and personal injury lawyers, worked as a robotic monkey operator at an Indian casino, and backpacked around the world. He published a series of stories about his travels in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Jesse also acted in numerous theatre productions around San Diego. His play “War Stories” was performed as part of the Fritz Theatre’s Fritz Blitz of New Plays.
Jesse’s feature screenplay Outlaw Country was a quarterfinalist for the Slamdance Screenplay Competition and a “Second Rounder” for the Austin Film Festival screenplay contest. His short, “The Ritual” played several festivals as well, including the San Diego Film Festival. Thane of East County is his first feature film.