Writer/producer/director, Rob Raffety of Tragedy Plus Time, LLC released his latest project today, a multi-platform new media narrative entitled ‘Muck.’
“After several months of screening and pitching Muck on the festival circuit, I’m excited to now share the complete project with the general public.” Raffety said. “In an effort to reach as broad an audience as possible, I’m pushing out all the content on a variety of platforms and making it all available for free.”
Last fall, Raffety launched Muck’s official website, podcast, and a short teaser entitled, Buckhattan, a shot-for-shot adaptation of the classic opening of Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979) set to an Appalachian-themed soundtrack by musicians local to North Central West Virginia. In 2016, Muck screened at the numerous festivals including the New York City Independent Film Festival, the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, the Independent Television Festival, and the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Gold Remy Award.
Raffety also pitched the project as a potential television series at CINE/A&E PitchFest, Austin Film Festival, and the ATX Pitch Competition, where it was selected a top ten finalist. Raffety, who now resides in Arlington, Virginia, is originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia, where he and a small cast and crew shot Muck over the course of one week in August 2015.
The project features local Upshur County venues such as The Centennial Motel, Skateland, the Sago swimming hole, and The Donut Shop. “It was a blast to go back to my home town to make a passion project like this. The people of Buckhannon were incredibly gracious and accommodating throughout production. We even included several dozen locals as extras in the project.”
Muck tells the story of an ambitious podcast journalist from Washington, DC named Albert Edwin Carter (played by Danny Gavigan) who’s on his first field assignment – a missing person cold case investigation in rural Appalachia. The complete project consists of five videos and five podcast episodes with a total running time of one hour and eleven minutes.
Raffety wrote an early draft of Muck as a project for a screenwriting class at George Mason University, where he works as a policy research manager, adjunct professor, and is also a part-time graduate film student. “I produced Muck as proof of concept – a short, concise story told in a novel manner that could be expanded into a full-blown TV show.” Raffety explained. “There’s a growing demand for quality episodic storytelling like this – think True Detective meets Twin Peaks through the lens of a Serial Podcast production. I’m hopeful Muck will find an audience and generate some buzz to attract interest from a network, cable, or new media production company in search of America’s next great TV show.”
The entirety of Muck’s digital content is available for free on YouTube.
For more information, visit www.WelcomeToTheMuck.com.
Writer/Director: Rob Raffety @robraffety
Lead Actor: Danny Gavigan @dannygavigan
Supporting Actor: Cindy Jackson @TheCindyJackson