Bridey Elliott to direct family in Clara’s Ghost


Bridey Elliott, a member of the famed Elliott family in comedy, has turned to Kickstarter to finance Clara’s Ghost. The project’s goal of $30,000 needs to be raised by 1:32 AM EST on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Set over the course of a single evening at the Reynolds’ Family home in suburban Connecticut, Clara’s Ghost tells the story of Clara Reynolds who, fed up with constant ribbing from her self-centered showbiz family, finds solace in and guidance from the supernatural force she believes is haunting her.

The film will star Chris, Abby, Bridey, and their mom Paula Elliott, and it will be shot on location in their Connecticut home. While the film is fictional, we are expected to get insight into this comedy dynasty. Bridey will write and direct while Sarah Winshall produces.

On the Kickstarter campaign site, Bridey writes:

Yes, this is my real family, in our real home, but we are playing characters…or caricatures of ourselves. Clara’s Ghost takes place in one night in our family home. It’s a drunken hullaballoo of an evening set against the backdrop of a traditional New England ghost story that explores the traps set by familial love–the ways that unconditional attachment and intimacy can restrict us as well as set us free. The goal of casting my family and filming at our house is to bring you into the fold. I want you to feel like you are really hanging out with us, experiencing the comfortable claustrophobia that is intrinsic in being a member of the Elliott Family, the Reynolds Family, or any family really.

The Elliot family has been in the comedy industry dating back to the 1950s when Bob Elliott partnered with Ray Goulding. Chris Elliott wrote and performed on Late Night with David Letterman. A notable character actor, Chris was the cameraman in Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy classic, Groundhog Day. Abby was a cast member on Saturday Night Live and can now be seen on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out. Bridey has done some writing, acting, and directing of her own–this year, she wrote and directed a short film, Affections.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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