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"Contrition" follows Army Veteran and Priest, Father Michael, as he returns home and is pulled into an underbelly of urban violence. Read more

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"Contrition" follows Army Veteran and Priest, Father Michael, as he returns home and is pulled into an underbelly of urban violence.

Los Angeles, CA Shorts
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STORY SYNOPSIS/PLOT:

Contrition is a Short Film of the Crime-Noir genre. Our story follows Father Michael Rodriguez, a young Iraq War Veteran who returns home and tries to seek redemption for his past sins by joining the Priesthood. While on a late-night stroll near his church, Father Michael notices a man attacking a young girl in an alley. While hesitant to engage in any violence at first, Michael's conscience soon gets the better of him and he confronts the attacker. This leads to an altercation which leaves the attacker slain by his own knife. It is soon after that Father Michael comes face-to-face with the victim, who pulls him further into the seedy underbelly of crime and desperation that plagues the inner city. All the while, Father Michael butts heads with his rectory counterpart, ex-IRA Father Brennan, an Army Veteran from his own unique war in Northern Ireland. Father Brennan is disgusted with the corruption of their Urban Environment and has lost faith in the "Animals" of the city. 

In our film, we explore thematic elements such as racism, particularly between the older generation and cultural divide between Irish Catholic Priest Father Brennan and the Half-white, Half-Hispanic Father Michael. The other large theme explored is the Loss of Faith. When Father Michael returns home, he sees a society that has been discarded and abandoned. With no hope, people turn to desperate means in the cruel and unforgiving dog-eat-dog world. This lack of faith and communal cohesiveness sparks a battle of redemption for Father Michael's war at home.

THE LONG ROAD SO FAR....

We've actually come pretty far along as of now. The script has been passed back and forth between the main Executive Producers, Cast, and Crew of this film. And everybody has jumped at the chance to work on this project. Because honestly, the script is dang good, and the cast is dang good, and in our experience, talent attracts more talent.

We currently have: the finished script, an entire production crew locked in for the shoot, a stellar Production Designer and Costume Designer, a finished Promo/Teaser Trailer (in which you can see our Lead Actor Adam Navarro, playing the main character Father Michael), and an All-Star cast that are all ready to get this ball rolling.

You all remember the actor Ken Magee from The Shawshank Redemption and Seabiscuit? HE'S ONBOARD!!!

Any Jean-Claude Van Damme fans out there? You all remember a movie called Kickboxer? You remember the character Winston Taylor; a PTSD Vietnam Vet and All-American hero who saves the day at the end of the film when he LITERALLY shows up Gun's blazing with two assault rifles (one in each hand)? I remember it so very well. Well that actor's name is Haskell Anderson. AND HE'S ONBOARD!!!

Suffice to say, we have attracted a lot of people who are now attached to this project. Now, we just need help from the people who matter most to us... ALL OF YOU GUYS.

While we shot our Teaser Trailer on the Canon 60D in 1080P, we were able to secure some pretty extensive filming equipment for the shooting of the short film. We will officially be shooting this film on the incredibly savvy RED EPIC HD Camera. For those of you who don't know what's so cool about this camera, let's just say that the RED EPIC is the same camera used for: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, Ridley Scott's Prometheus, David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the new reboot of Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb.  Needless to say, we have a very professional camera that is going to give us a great image quality comparable to some of the largest blockbusters in the Industry. Myself and our entire crew feel like we've just been drafted to the Big League's.

WHY WE NEED KICKSTARTER AND YOUR HELP!!!

In an ideal world, we wouldn't need to raise ANY money to make such a great story come to life on the Big Screen. Unfortunately, quality filming can get expensive. In order to pay for ALL PRODUCTION COSTS, we need a minimum of $8500. Those costs will include: paying our incredibly talented crew to work ungodly hours for four days straight, costs for a production designer, makeup artist, costume designer, other costs for our prop and art department, and catering, in order to keep everybody standing upright through our long grueling shoot days.

Frankly, we would want to raise closer to $20,000 for the entire Pre-Production through Post-Production, which would cover ALL OUR COSTS. That all-encompassing funding would include: Festival Submissions, Transferring Film to Exhibition Formats (typically Blu-Ray or HD Cam tapes), Sound Mixer/Engineer Services, and other general costs that come with preparing our film for a hopefully successful Film Festival Circuit.

OUR AMBITIONS AND THE FUTURE OF CONTRITION:

Our initial goal is to take Contrition to THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in January of 2013. In order to make it there, we will have to submit the film by September 2012 for consideration. That gives us 4 MONTHS to shoot the film, edit the movie, and have it ready for one of the world's most acclaimed and prestigious film Festivals in the World. 

Our intention is to take Contrition to the biggest Film Festivals we get accepted to, and hopefully raise enough funding and awareness to make the FEATURE FILM. That's right. Contrition is simply the SHORT version of our movie. There is already a FULL-LENGTH FILM Script in the works. If everything goes as planned, we should be shooting the feature version of our film by this time next year. This is a huge goal for all of us, and is the entire reason for us doing the short film. But we absolutely CAN NOT do this WITHOUT YOUR HELP!

Please, please, please Help us. After all, its the good Christian Thing to Do...

Tired of seeing the same cookie-cutter movies come out year after year? Want to help reinforce the idea that film is art and storytelling at its finest? Are you a fan of crime-noir that's in the same vain as independent films like Drive, The Lookout, and The Limey? (Believe me, they were a serious inspiration for this film). If all of the above rings true to you, then please give this film a shot. And we certainly don't want to disappoint any of our Film-Noir enthusiasts out there.

So please help us raise the money necessary to bring this film to life in the true beauty of movie-magic. Your money will go to a good cause. You can sleep well at night knowing that you helped aspiring film-makers create a movie that may start their careers with a bang. And maybe most importantly, you'll get some cool collectibles and credits that you can brag about if the film is as successful as we all know it should be.

That's essentially it for now. Make sure to like our Official Facebook Page and check back frequently for any updates regarding festival submissions and other vital details that will help us stay connected to you.

Now let's get this movie going and see the Tough-as-Nails Army Veteran, Father Michael exact justice against those thieving, corrupt criminals who pray on the weak. By God... Retribution is coming.

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!!

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