Starring: Midori Francis, Jolene Purdy, Missi Pyle, Michael Patrick Lane
Directed By: Yoko Okumura
Written By: Salvatore Cardoni & Brian Rawlins
Executive Producers: Alexander Kruener, Jeremy Gold, Chris McCumber, Jason Blum
SYNOPSIS: Two women from vastly different backgrounds form an unlikely connection, which will change both their lives. When SAM (Purdy) a depressed gas station clerk receives a call from EMILY (Francis), a nearly blind woman who is running from her murderous ex in the woods. Emily must survive the ordeal with Sam being her eyes from afar using video call.
Director Yoko Okumura had this to say about the film:
“I was drawn to Unseen as a director because at the core of a fast-paced survival thriller, there was a story about an unlikely friendship between two women that ends up saving both of their lives. My own female friendships are truly the bedrock of my happiness and fulfillment in life even as an adult. Since kindergarten I’ve been collecting lifelong female friendships that continue to fuel me through this mad existence we call life.
Once I knew the central relationship of Unseen was something that I deeply valued and connected to, we were off to the races. Blumhouse was so supportive in letting me infuse the film with my personal style as a director. The writers Salvatore Cardoni and Brian Rawlins were collaborative in further developing the nuances of the characters with me, the cinematographer Federico Verardi and I worked to create a cinematic language that would connect the two separate and far away worlds together on screen, the production designer Spencer Davidson ran with my desire to infuse a kitschy color palette of Pepto Bismol pink and Mountain Dew green into the gas station set. Every department was stellar in helping me brighten up the world of Unseen and creating a world that embodied both dark tension and a sense of humor.
Now our cast. I gratefully lay offerings at the feet of the movie gods (and of course our incredible casting director John McAlary) for bringing my two incredible leads Jolene Purdy and Midori Francis to this film. Both of them are 100% superstars that everyone in the entertainment business must be paying attention to.
As a Japanese American girl who grew up in the Midwest never seeing herself represented in North American media, I am floored that for my directorial debut feature I got to have not only one, but two Japanese American women as my leads! All of us with our own varied backgrounds as Japanese Americans, Midori from New Jersey, Jolene from Torrance, and I from Kyoto via Minneapolis, I loved that there was actually so much diversity even under the umbrella of our shared identity. They are my movie stars. The heroes I need to see in this world. The fact we got to come together to be this trifecta and create a film about women coming together and fighting back, is a dream come true”.
On Digital and On Demand – March 7, 2023
On MGM+ : May 2023
Distributors: Paramount Home Entertainment, MGM+Producing Studios: Blumhouse Television, MGM+
Run Time: 76 minutes | Rating: Unrated