March 3, 2022
Lotta-wanna / Lott-uh-wah-nuh
A monotonous life has pushed the unfulfilled Forrest (Todd Blubaugh) to a voyage of self-discovery by living aboard his sailboat on an alluring, Missouri lake. Soon he catches wind of the rebellious and free-spirited Everly (Nicola Collie) and their idealistic dreams align for a thrilling and thought-provoking, romantic adventure. Can they survive, reconnect with nature and rewrite their own rules of modern existence, or will they discover that society operates the way it does for a reason?
EMMY Award-winning filmmaker, Trevor Hawkins of MAMMOTH, created his debut feature-film, Lotawana, in his own backyard on Lake Lotawana, Missouri by writing, directing, shooting, editing, financing (with a loan against his house) and literally almost dying in an underwater cave.
Produced with his wife, Cori Jo Hawkins, and filmmaking partner, Nathan Kincaid, Hawkins and his skeleton-crew of ten renegades did all of their own stunts, shot on the water in every season with children and wildlife, and overcame massive obstacles including losing multiple lead actresses mid-production. Lead actor, Todd Blubaugh, even captained the sailboat on-screen by himself after only a fifteen-minute crash course and an encouraging slap on the rump. He then fell in love on-screen with leading lady, Nicola Collie, and they later married in real life. All of these adventures, and more, are featured in the hilarious, behind-the-scenes documentary, At The Helm: The Making of Lotawana.
Lotawana’s hidden centerpiece also gives a strong voice to a very commonly hushed, yet well-known struggle, rarely depicted in cinema. An endless appetite for adventure and a completely original soundtrack from Ryan Pinkston helps Hawkins deliver an emotional and reflective journey with stunningly gorgeous cinematography.
Can an unfulfilled couple rewrite their own rules of modern existence by living aboard a sailboat or will they discover that society operates the way it does for a reason?
Runtime – 1hr 37min
Genre – Adventure / Romance / Drama
Language – English
Closed Captions – English
Release Date – February 3rd, 2022
Rating – Not Yet Rated
Picture Format – Color
Aspect Ratio – 2.37:1
Resolution – 5K, 24fps
Sound – 5.1 Surround
Feature Film Category – Narrative Fiction
Production Company – Mammoth
Country – USA
Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor & Colorist – Trevor Hawkins
Producer & Assistant Director – Nathan Kincaid
Producer, Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup – Cori Jo Hawkins
Original Score & Sound Design – Ryan Pinkston
Forrest – Todd Blubaugh
Everly – Nicola Collie
Visual Effects Supervisor, Camera Dept. Supervisor & Scripting Assistant – Matthew Lloyd
First Assistant Camera & Critter Catcher – Tucker Adams
Best Girl & Critter Catcher – Ren Coker
Maker of Light & Wielder of Camera – Raymond Cody Wyatt
Graphic Design – Chris Wilson
Wardrobe – Ashley Pinkston