Natalie Kruijen, has suffered from a range of mental health issues throughout her life and was once homeless. Through all of this, though, she found strength in her fandoms and in-particular, the Supernatural Fandom. She says it wasn’t until she became involved with the show and its die-hard fans, that she really understood what ‘family’ meant. After chatting with Natalie, I found her personal story and how all of this came about, inspiring.
Divorced and with a young daughter, Natalie is open about her battle with depression. She says at her lowest, “she lost it” went to the top of her 16 story building where she blacked out and then woke up on a train in Belgium. That’s when she started to isolate herself from family and friends and ended up in a homeless shelter.
Even as a young girl, Natalie always had passion for writing, a way to retreat from the real world into the fantasy of her stories. While she was living at the shelter, she got in touch with Ryan Curtis via Twitter. At the time, Ryan was working on a short movie called The Weirdo Hero. Natalie’s Twitter handle is WeirdoWhoWrites, so it’s no wonder they got to chatting and struck up a friendship. Supernatural fans would know Ryan for his many episodes as the show’s on-set vfx Coordinator.
Knowing that Natalie was a writer, Ryan asked her if she had any stories that he could submit to STORYHIVE, a community funding program that develops and showcases emerging content creators. Natalie did have a story and together she and Ryan wrote and developed the screenplay for Homeowner.
Once the screenplay was submitted, there was a first round of voting, this was to decide whether or not the movie got funded. Natalie said she spent the next 2 weeks basically on twitter 24/7, reaching out and getting people to vote. It was nerve-racking, but very exciting and she couldn’t actually believe it when she got the message from Ryan that the project had won its funding and was actually going to be made.
The movie features Supernatural’s Briana Buckmaster (Donna) and Kim Rhodes (Jody) lends her voice to the story. In Homeowner Briana plays the lead character Mary and Kim plays her sister Jen. It’s interesting how this project has brought these two SPN favorite actresses together again. That’s not all, though… Another Supernatural actor to lend his voice to the project is Adam Rose. He played Aaron Bass on the SPN Season 8, Episode “Everybody Hates Hitler”. Wow… SPN Family much?
Homeowner was filmed this past January and it’s synopsis makes it sound like more than just your average ghost story.
Synopsis: The ghostly figure that Mary has seen haunting her new house doesn’t appear to be vengeful, or angry. In fact it doesn’t appear to be anything but sad, so Mary isn’t too concerned if it stays, she just goes about her life day by day all the while the ghost just sits there, waiting, … patiently. What Mary doesn’t know is, this isn’t the lost soul of some long forgotten Victorian, in fact it’s not the ghost of someone who is dead at all.
Released on Feb 29th, there is still another round of voting to be done. Natalie, Ryan, cast and crew all deserve to win this! If you liked the trailer above, then you’re going to love the entire feature. Go watch the full movie HERE! Note: You may need to sign up to vote, but it’s worth it! You only have until March 4th, but you can vote once per day until it closes. If there is one thing SPN fans are good at, it’s voting… the others won’t stand a chance! Let’s give, love, praise and cookies, but most of all, let’s give back to one of our own! Go watch and vote NOW!