To our extras: Molly Ohar, Brooke Ohar, Katie Mitten, Alexis Mitten, Paige Weisenheimer, Frank Pieber, Denise Reeb, Karlie Reeb, Taylor Salisbury, James Dolph, Mary Scarpello, Ashley Szczerbacki (who has since appeared in an HBO show with Sarah Jessica Parker!), Debra Hilton, Christopher Fortin, Laura Taylor, Christopher Taylor, The Kumro Family (Darren, Fallon, Blake, Teagan, Willow, and Zane), Jill Mack, Tiffany Greiner, Abby Masternak, Myra Hegmann, Richard Hegmann, Theresa Asmus Roth, Maddison Kelly, Robin Toepher, Bill Smith. The park scenes, Candy Apple scene, and book signing scene would have been incredibly boring and senseless if you guys hadn't shown up for us. Not only did you show up, but you did an incredible job. I've received many compliments on how great the background looks in these scenes and that's all you guys. Thank you!
To our security team: Roger Skeet, Doug Skeet, Jim Cius, Tim Walker. You guys have protected me my whole life so it was no surprise you agreed to step up and protect us all and our trail during shooting. Thank you so much!
Mark Buell at Nickel City Arts, thank you for allowing us to shoot at your venue. It was absolutely perfect for what we needed. You’ve been so supportive from the first day we announced production. I’m thankful to have you as a friend.
Cheryl Johannes at Candy Apple Cafe, a movie set in Akron wouldn’t be complete without a scene in our very own Candy Apple Cafe. Your staff was so sweet and accommodating to us and provided us with everything we needed. Thank you so much!
To our fundraising contributors, without your generous support this film would not have happened. Thank you sincerely to: Debbie Skeet, Roger Skeet, Barron & Associates, P.C., Richard Hegmann, Akron Chamber of Commerce, Tracy Lendyok, Nancy O’Hara, James Pixley, Stephanie Masternak, Tom Vohwinkle, Mandy Denaux, Joshua Kohl Hegmann, Connie Hill, Sandra McHale, Cathy Colicchia, Anne Genovese, Lisa Hite, Fiona Hutchings, Ryan Rowsell, Sarah Klehn Harvey, Lorrie Lucht, Betty Earhardt, Todd Miller, Katie Zaharkin, James Klein, Greg Bell, Raymond Harvey, Corine Hull, Katrina Bernard, Joe Bernard, Joe Bernard, Darlene Russell, Doug Skeet, Mary Jo Skeet, Donnette Cius, Jim Cius, Sheila Paolini, Hilary Elizabeth Black, Theresa Asmus Roth, Joni Caplan, Mara Edwards, Debra Schafer, Cindy Martinez, Brandon Davis, Lisa Davis.
To everybody who liked, commented on, and/or shared our social media posts. I tried to get to and comment on each one but I’m sure there were many that I missed. None of them went unnoticed and I thank you so much for your support.
Stephen Nichols, that Tucker McCall’s voice is one of our newscaster voiceovers in Murder Creek is something incredibly special and surreal to me. I wouldn’t know Sherry or Anita if it weren’t for you and so none of this would be happening. Thank you for lending us your voice and support without hesitation.
Tony Read, you created and offered me this incredible film score without me even asking for it, before I ever knew you were a musician, and you nailed it. The music sets the perfect mood for the film. How we met is a story in and of itself and just further solidifies for me that everything happens for a reason. Thank you so much for your friendship and music.
Neil Finn and Liam Finn, thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful song “Ghosts” in our film. It had to be this song. I had a very specific vibe in my mind for our last scene, and I had searched for months for the right song to help accomplish that. I was coming up empty time and again and becoming increasingly discouraged that my mental vibe would never make it to the screen. Then I heard “Ghosts” for the first time last summer. I knew straight away this was the song to close Murder Creek, and I’m so grateful to you both for letting me do that. Thank you.
To my family: They made sure their smiling mugs were the first ones I saw leaving the theatre and walking into the lobby after our block finished up. They were there, right where they always are, supporting me no matter what the thing is I’ve decided to do this time. Abby Masternak, Niece: Thank you for being the corpse hand on our poster (heh), and for coming out to the park with me whenever I needed help during pre-production. You helped me out SO much and I'll always be grateful! Emma Masternak, Niece also: Thank you for agreeing to be our poor, perished Sara on poster and smartphone in the film. It worked out perfectly and of course you’re beautiful so bonus points for us! Budd, thanks for accompanying Emma! I know you were exhausted and I really appreciate you being there. Steph, I hope you’ll someday forgive me for killing off both your children for the sake of art. Thank you for always being there for me. Mom and dad, you guys allowed my imagination to flourish from the moment I was old enough to crawl out of their arms and out into the world to explore. Because of that, because of you, I am able to create. I'm so grateful you are my parents.