The Devil's Stomping Ground

About the movie

On May 1, 2021, fifteen college film students set off to shoot their Senior project. What happened to them that night was a tragedy. “The Devil’s Stomping Ground” is the edited version of the footage those students shot, then left behind. It is a cautionary tale about temptation, pushing your luck, and the inevitable consequences of being oblivious to your surroundings.

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A Statement from Professor Claypool

Latest news

A Statement from Professor Marty Claypool

  Oct 17, 2022     Dr. Claypool

For Immediate Release September 18, 2021 Re: Professor Claypool’s Statement on Students’ Film As many of you probably already know, I have faced much criticism for digging through the footage my students shot on May 1 & 2 of 2021 and turning it into a narrative feature film. I have been told over and again; by mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, and even my own wife, that I ...

Post’No human knows:’ Devil’s Tramping Ground legend predates founding of the United States

  Oct 16, 2022     Dr. Claypool

SILER CITY, N.C. — It seems like the mystery of the Devil's Tramping Ground has always been part of North Carolina's mythology. However, all stories must have a beginning, and many would be surprised to discover written accounts of the tramping ground dating back into the 1800s – and oral accounts dating back to before the founding of the United States itself. In short, it seems likely...

A 120-year-old legend concerning an empty circular patch in the North Carolina woods.

  Oct 15, 2022     Dr. Claypool

SET BACK FROM THE MAIN road is an empty patch of woods, a dusty circle, barren of plant life, about 15’ wide where, according to stories dating back to 1882, the devil comes to dance. The stories go on to say nothing will grow there and animals won’t cross this empty patch of woods. Known as the Devil’s Tramping Ground, perhaps the most popular legend about the strip of grass is that...

Film Makers

Film actors

Robert Johansen

Robert Johansen’s devotion to Jesus Christ and his commitment to leading a life in service of Christ’s teachings is what led him to seminary school. And while Robert’s passion is his theology, he has always wanted to try his hand at acting in a movie. His close relationship with his cousin, and co-star, Kelly MacDonald, exposed him to the great fun acting could be, at an early age. As children, Kelly would create scenarios and recruit Robert into playing along. He enjoyed it and was excited to have the opportunity to finally do some movie acting.

Ginger Mordeciello

Ginger is the daughter of a well-known internet psychic and medium, Morticia Mordeciello. From what I gather from Morticia, Ginger fell out of the womb with a hilarious slapstick routine and never stopped acting after that. Morticia claims that Ginger’s first words were literally, “close up.” She credits a documentary on Orson Wells for that breakthrough. Upon watching the footage and now seeing her work, it is impossible not to see her star qualities shining through.

Drew Highsmith

The most obviously notable thing about Drew Highsmith (besides his involvement in this project), is that he actually won “SkateShredder of the Year” when he was 13 years old. He actually achieved quite a bit of notoriety from that accomplishment and one could assume that his interest in acting may have come from some of the adulations he received with that experience. Drew’s performance in this film is an example of great casting. He was perfect for this role and Kelly MacDonald, the casting director, did a fantastic job making that call.

Kelly MacDonald

Harmony, North Carolina never produced a more popular citizen than Kelly MacDonald. She became a local heroine at the age of 9 when she single-handedly stood up to an older boy who was bullying a disabled kid at school. From there she would become the only person to ever win Harmony High School Student Body President 4 years in a row. Her popularity would follow with her as she rode a full cheerleading scholarship to UNC-W. Her life’s dream was always to be an actress and with “The Devil’s Stomping Ground” she finally got to fulfill that dream.

SET BACK FROM THE MAIN road is an empty patch of woods, a dusty circle, barren of plant life, about 15’ wide where, according to stories dating back to 1882, the devil comes to dance. The stories go on to say nothing will grow there and animals won’t cross this empty patch of woods.

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PRESS MEDIA

Wilmington, NC –

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https://www.wwaytv3.com/cucalorus-festival-organizers-filmmakers-ready-for-an-exciting-weekend-in-wilmington/

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Charlotte, NC –

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New York –

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South Bend, IN –

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Huntsville, AL –

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Evansville, IN –

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Biloxi, MS –

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Lincoln, NE –

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Sioux Falls, SD –

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Atlanta, GA –

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Myrtle Beach, SC –

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Charleston, SC –

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Moselle, MS –

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Wyoming –

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Burlington, VT –

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Roanoke, VA –

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Worldwide –

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Wilmington, NC –

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