Yellow Hill: The Stranger's Tale
From The Spaghetti Western Database
Yellow Hill: The Stranger’s Tale (2012 / Director: Ross Bigley)
Runtime: 13 minutes
Release Date: March 16, 2013 (Wildwood Film Festival, Appleton Wisconsin)
Cast and crew:
- Cast: Bai Ling (The Stranger), Tom Reed (Taggart), Cyn Dulay (Mei), Bruce Spielbauer (Lyle the Bartender), Dan Katula (Dutch Dalton), Joshua Parkes (Ennis), John Walski (Jack), Gregg Wright (Silas), Brian Roloff (Burton), Theophilus Jamal (The Stranger’s Father), Cheryl roloff (Saloon Girl), Vito valenti (Brothel Owner), Robert L. Parson II (as Robert Parsons) (Jacob)
- Story: Ross Bigley
- Screenplay: Ross Bigley, Bai Ling, Cyn Dulay, Robert L. Pasons II
- Producers: Ross Bigley, Cyn Dulay, Bai Ling, Robert Parsons, Glen Popple, Mikko Tervonen, Vito Valenti
- Cinematography: Dru Montague
- Music: Thomas L. Muschitz
Yellow Hill: The Stranger's Tale is a production of Yellow Hill Investments and Stormynight, in association with White Spirit, Dirty Job Films and Mutant Barmonkey Productions.
A young Chinese woman arrives in the town of Rock Ridge, to look for her estranged father. She isn’t exactly welcomed by the racist townspeople, but she is determined and she’s also fast and furious ...
- The short can be watched as a stand-alone movie, but it was set up as an introduction to the character of The Stranger, who will also appear a feature length movie called Yellow Hill. By separating a few story elements of the feature script, the short also serves as a prequel to the movie.
- The title Yellow Hill of the feature is rendered in Chinese as 黄山, ‘Huangshan’, which means, if I’m not mistaken, Yellow Mountain. It made me think of movie The Englishman who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain, starring Hugh Grant as an English cartographer who discovers that a particular ‘mountain’ in Wales is slightly short of the required 1000 feet in height and therefore must be officially labeled as a ‘hill’ (much to the grief of the locals, who decide to build an earth cairn on top of it, to give it the required height)
The film won "Founder's Choice" at the Wildwood Film Festival in 2013, and "Best Short Narrative" at the South Dakota Film Festival in 2013