This article was originally published on The Bainbridge Island Review on Saturday, July 25, 2020 by Richard Rosenthal
Within the majestic forests of Bainbridge Island there lies a very dark secret. There is a tree in the woods that appears unremarkable upon casual glance, easily blending in with the thousands of other trees. However, this particular tree is unique in that it comes to life when certain words are spoken, and that awakening brings truly terrifying results.
That’s the premise of “Wood Witch,” a short film with deep connections to Bainbridge Island. The movie was produced by island resident Courtney G. Jones, actor Bradley Tatum is also a long-time islander, sound person Mickey McMullen lives here as well, and all of the forest scenes were shot right here on Bainbridge, with the Grand Forest trails and Gazzam Lake area being featured prominently throughout the film.
The film is Tatum’s first recorded work and he describes how the movie came to be.
“Myself and the three other principal actors had been in acting classes at Olympic College in Poulsbo,” Tatum said. “I was introduced to Courtney and I sent him my headshots and a letter of interest. I got a response, followed by a video interview which went well. That was followed by a meeting with the other actors and production crew where the concept and production was explained. Shooting began a few weeks after that.”