Au Pair, Kansas Executive-Producer Tom Carmody recently completed principle photography on his feature film, The Only Good Indian. Shot in Kansas, on 35 mm film, TOGI (as it’s called by crew), was written and produced by Tom, and is his first feature film as writer. TOGI is directed by Kevin Wilmott, who also directed the feature film, Bunker Hill, which had a cast/crew screening last month in Lawrence, Kansas. Tom was also Executive-Producer on Bunker HIll.
Tom and I started Carmody/O’Neal Workshop Productions (COW Prods, for short) a couple years ago, with the goal of producing movies in and about Kansas and the Midwest. Our first project was the ultra-low budget feature Alien Game (directed by Alan Denman, who we flew over from London to shoot a crazy condensed schedule in the burning hills of Southern California, no joke, a couple weeks after we wrapped the shoot, half of our locations were burned to a crisp. Well, that’s sort of a failure of our Kansas film goal, our first film was shot in California!)
Tom has supported Au Pair, Kansas from the first draft (it was my last script written as a UCLA grad student) and was present when I initially came up with the idea for the script (we were attending the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, where our script, Johnny PIgskin, was a finalist in their screenplay competition) and we met this incredible Norwegian actor (Havard). Keeping true to his vision, Au Pair, Kansas, will be the third film Tom has in some capacity produced (ie, made happen.) Can’t wait to see TOGI! And Tom and I still have two other scripts that we’ve cowritten and are set in Kansas (Johnny Pigskin and Casino Rez.)