UPDATE (18 May 2014) — CANTUCKEE has been renamed RUNOFF and will have its US premiere at the
Los Angeles Film Festival (2 screenings – 12 June at 7:10pm and 15 June at 1:30pm).
Joanne Kelly (of WAREHOUSE 13) will star as Betty in CANTUCKEE, a new film (formerly LAND OF TOMORROW) by Kimberly Levin, which will co-star Tom Bower (Dr. Curtis Willard on THE WALTONS), Darlene Hunt (creator of Showtime’s THE BIG C), and Alex Shaffer.
In 2005, Levin directed the critically acclaimed short film BETWEEN BARONOVSKYS in 2005.
In Cantuckee, a mother (Kelly) commits an “unspeakable crime” for the sake of her family.
This is news because Ms. Kelly has not done a serious film since 2002 when she was Madonna Eveline Brassaurd in Tim Southam’s THE BAY OF LOVE AND SORROWS, in which she was quite good. Since then she has done many TV movies, few of them being at all noteworthy.
Cantuckee is the Iroquois word for meadows. The Huron, who lived to the north, had a similar word, Kentahteh which means ‘Land of Tomorrow’. Because the Huron coveted those lands, the two words became synonyms (to the Huron at least). The word evolved into Kentucky.