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The debut film from creative duo—Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti—is a chilling and boldly original vision of madness. Jane, a writer and young mother, is prescribed a rest treatment by her physician husband John, who takes her to a remote country estate for the summer. She becomes obsessed with the peculiar yellow wallpaper in the bedroom he has chosen for her. In her isolation, she secretly writes about a woman trapped in the wallpaper—that she must free.
Alexandra (Lexi) and I have been collaborating for about five years now. We initially started working together on a few short films, first as an actor and now as co-producer and co-writer on The Yellow Wallpaper. She’s an intuitive and creative powerhouse with incredible instincts and ferocity. Seriously. She’s an amazing talent that’s just coming into her own and I’ve been fortunate to run alongside her. Hoping I’ll be able to continue to keep up. Though we share a similar aesthetic, we push and pull at each other in great creative ways. Our working together has become so natural that it’s hard to sometimes tell where it comes from and where it goes. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is one of Lexi’s favorite stories and she’s always wanted to bring it to life as a film. I had read the story years ago in college but didn’t really remember it. Go figure. A few years ago she sent me into my office and told me not to come out until I finished reading it. And that was that. I could immediately see why she loved the story, and wanted to play Jane. And I could see why she thought I’d love turning it into a film. Boom. And here we are.
Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti make a unique team.
For our first feature film, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, we wrote and produced together. Alexandra played the lead while Kevin directed. The film premiered at Cinequest in 2021 and will be Mutiny Pictures tentpole release for January 2022.
Alexandra is operations manager for a film production consulting and fundraising company and Kevin is Chair of the University of Pacific’s Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design and director for Pacific’s Media X program, an interdisciplinary major that bridges creativity, technology and business. These roles prepare us well for producing films. As Chair, Kevin is responsible for departmental faculty and staff, recruiting, marketing, fundraising. Think running a film set is hard? Try getting a cross department group of tenured faculty to agree on anything. Kevin also has a background in post-production and visual effects and was head of Los Angeles-based Studio P.
Prior to THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, we created a series of three experimental short films that explore themes of body-image, religion and self-acceptance. VANITA, ONERE and PESCARE have all played festivals internationally and always spark interesting reactions and conversations.