What were you doing when you were twelve years old? Can you even remember that age? Like most kids who fall under that demographic, it was probably about the routine of getting up for school every day, heading out into the neighborhood for shenanigans with friends and scraps with siblings that seem pretty silly now.
That’s the life of the average 12-year old, but it doesn’t hold true for Chalet Brannan. Though the young actress will star alongside genre legend Bill Moseley in Ginger Knight Entertainment’s Crepitus this October, that detail, while exciting, doesn’t begin to tell her tale.
Brannan was only 11 when she scored the role of Sam in the clown horror feature that will go toe-to-toe with IT this fall. To put that in greater perspective, Linda Blair was 14 when The Exorcist hit theatres in 1973. That Brannan and Blair can be mentioned so closely together is impressive enough, but that is nothing compared to the strength of the rapidly rising young star.
What began with modeling at age six soon turned to script readings and auditions that landed Brannan roles in television and film by the time she was seven. The thrill of performance soon turned to the stark reality of life and death, however, when Brannan was diagnosed with leukemia. But as with everything else in her life, Brannan fought and persevered, and emerged victorious. Brannan was cancer-free by the age of 10 and has used that experience as motivation not only for her acting career, but to help and inspire other children who endure the same battle she was blessed to overcome with the Chalet Brannan Leukemia Foundation.
Brannan makes the most of each day she’s been gifted with a work ethic that would shame most adults. Her dedication has already led to 74 film and television credits according to IMDB.com, efforts that have paid dividends. Brannan has been nominated for six awards, and recently captured the King Bussey Award for Young Artist from the Los Angeles Hollywood Film Awards, as well as Best Performer in a Short from the Velvet Rope Film Festival for My Panda and Best Supporting Actress for Alice from Festival Film. Each of the nominations and wins have come in the past year, but it’s not all about victories, as Brannan was invited to be a presenter at the pre-Oscars alongside Paul Sorvino and Melanie Griffith.
With all the hardware and after appearances in Terror House and The Trees and sharing the screen with Eric Roberts, Ray Wise, Bruce Davison (Star Trek: Captain Pike) and Danny Trejo (Cyborg X); Brannan landed a lead role in Only a Dream, an animated coming-of-age tale about an orphan who finds love and companionship on a journey to overcome recurring nightmares. An impressive project involving Pixar and Disney’s Ben Rush and Dan St. Pierre to be sure, but Brannan’s next project will put her considerable skills on full display in Crepitus.
From the Ginger Knight Entertainment press release:
Seventeen year old Elizabeth and her younger sister Sam are thrust into circumstances more terrifying than life with their abusive, drunken mother when they are forced to move into their deceased Grandfather’s house. Frightened beyond belief, they are forced to learn horrible things about their family history. Never mind the ghosts in the house, there is something far worse that takes an interest in them … a cannibalistic clown named Crepitus.
It’s normal for 12-year olds to be uncertain about what they want to do with their lives. They are still developing, still learning and still dreaming. Chalet Brannan is the exception, however, because she is living that dream. Decades from now, we may look back and say, “Remember when we thought Bill Moseley was Crepitus’ biggest star?”
Crepitus stars Brannan, Bill Moseley, Eve Mauro and Caitlin Williams, is helmed by first-time feature director Haynze Whitmore and written by Eddie and Sarah Renner. It is due for release this October.