PCHS junior plays troubled daughter in ‘Undertow’
Ingrid Iverson, a junior at Park City High School, plays the daughter of a woman suffering from depression in the upcoming short film "Undertow."
The film, produced by Utahn Dezi Barr and written and directed by Utah-based filmmaker Shelly Brandon, stars fellow Parkite Pam Eichner as the mom, and was filmed entirely in Utah over a four-day period, Iverson said.
"I auditioned in April and we started shooting in late June," Iverson said. "I was lucky enough to get the role."
Iverson wanted to audition because she thought it sounded interesting.
"I also think depression is an important issue that needs to be addressed," she said. "The one defining characteristic of the daughter was that she was frustrated and upset with her mom, because she didn’t know how to deal with or understand what her mom was going through."
"Ingrid came about through the audition process," Brandon said in a statement. "At the audition, she delivered a monologue that was very mature and yet she has such a youthful and innocent look. I felt the contrasting dynamic would lend itself well to what we needed for the role of the confused and troubled daughter."
Playing a teenager while still a teenager was relatively easy for Iverson.
"I based a lot of the frustration for the role on my own teen angst," she said. "There was a lot there that I could relate to."
Still, there were some adjustments Iverson needed to address.
"First off, I had never met Pam before," she said. "So, we had to get familiar with each other and each other’s roles before we could start playing mother and daughter."
Once that was taken care of, the rest came naturally, according to Iverson.
"Pam is incredible," she said. "She’s so positive, supportive and friendly. It was easy to get to know her and it was so fun playing her daughter."
Iverson’s shoot only lasted two days, but she enjoyed her time on the set.
"I’ve filmed a couple of shorts and do a web series, so this wasn’t my first shoot, but it was different for me," she said. "It was very professional and I had the opportunity to work with some very cool people."
Iverson is grateful for the opportunity to be in "Undertow."
"It’s a really good story that needs to be told," she said. "I’m very glad to be a part of it."
For more information about "Undertow," visit https://www.facebook.com/Undertow-1413956938928200/info/?tab=page_info.
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