'Born Again Sinner' follows a church pastor, Kirk, who is pursued by one of his parishioners. The film opens on Kirk’s beaten and restrained body lying on the desert floor. His only possessions are a ruined Bible and an intact satchel. Beside him lies a dead man. He is soon freed by a few Mexican men who spy his body in the distance. Pio, the eldest, his son Pancho, and Pancho’s son Salvador, question Kirk futilely in Spanish. Aggravated, but curious as to the contents of Kirk’s Satchel, Pio takes Kirk back to his home.
The following morning, the men attempt to question the pastor again, hoping to find answers to how he ended up in the desert. Kirk speaks to them in Spanish but offers little in the way of an explanation. Further prying leads to info about Kirk’s dead companion, a no-good cowboy that tried to rob him. Over the course of their dialogue, Pio grows more comfortable with Kirk. Pancho, however, is not so easy to win over...
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MARK ASHWORTH to play "Kirk"
Born in Manchester England, Mark and his family moved State side to Tennessee in the summer of 1992. After a brief spell there working as a bricklayer, Mark relocated to Atlanta in 1997 where he has garnered a deep appreciation for the craft of acting through the tutelage of Michael H Cole.
Mark has appeared in films such as 'Lawless' opposite Tom Hardy, and the recent 'Magnificent Seven' where he played a pastor opposite Denzel Washington.
Eduard Gudakov - Writer & Director
Eduard was born in Mariupol, Ukraine to Russian parents and immigrated to Seattle in 1995. Growing up, he discovered a penchant for shooting videos on his dad's old VHS camera. He made his first short film Return of the Chinook at age 11 (no relation to the Star Wars franchise) and waited until 18 to make his second.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to work full time in the industry, migrating between the AD department, visual effects, and camera operations. His favorite genre is Western; coincidentally, his favorite film is Once Upon a Time in the West.
He has written six and directed five short films. Currently, he is completing his feature-length screenplay for Born Again Sinner. Upon completion of the project, he'll finally be able to afford that litter of Ragdoll kittens his girlfriend deserves.
He goes by "Eddy" and spends a lot of his free time dabbling in film photography and disappearing on impromptu road trips into the desert.
Summer in the City 2015 - Writer/Director (Nominated for Best Drama - SoCal Indie Film Fest.)
Tomorrow 2014 - Writer (Winner Best Short Film, Best Director (Dennis Mulyar), Best of Festival - 2016 Fire Reel Film Festival, 2016 Telly Award, Best Cinematography - 2015 Atlanta Indie Film Festival)
Ryan McKee - Producer
Ryan McKee is a songwriter and composer who has been producing film and television over the past several years. As a passionate collaborator, he has years of experience developing ideas and bringing them to the marketplace. He is a strong advocate for storytellers and is keen to help them make the films they want to make. He trusts the director and is eager to deliver anything he can to aid in the production.
He is particularly excited to be working with this amazing team and to help bring this project to life.
Dennis Noack - Cinematographer
Born in Germany, Dennis moved to the states at a young age and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He grew up on film photography and spent many years working in and out of a dark room capturing the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Dennis went on to attend and graduate with a degree in Film & Television Production from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Dennis has more than 5 years experience as a camera operator and cinematographer in the Los Angeles Film Industry.
Dennis has a strong love for travel, adventure, burritos, the outdoors, and works hard to find ways to combine those passions with his love for making movies. He always brings his experience and ambitions to filmmaking, hoping to unleash creativity amongst the team to develop new narrative, new style, and a visually meaningful product.
When we say film, we mean "celluloid".
We love the look and feel of traditional film and want to make this movie the way they have been made for over 100 years. Digital technology is amazing but working within the confines of celluloid is an art unto itself. The difference not only reflects in the picture but in the overall movie-making process, too. The environment and fear of loss it creates on the film set will keep everyone on their toes. This process forces us to make every shot count and it helps the crew test their creativity. Film is a challenge and everything about it excites us. But when it does come to the picture itself, the grittiness of film makes us feel something that digital simply does not. For this story, this is crucial.
LET'S GET STARTED.
We've made it alone this far and now we need YOUR help to finish telling this story. The money we are raising is going to help make this project look, sound, and feel exactly the way we intend it to.
So we thank you for partnering with us and helping us meet our budget goals!
Risks and challenges
When it comes to challenges, shooting on film is our biggest one. The cost of film and access to equipment are tricky hurdles to jump over. However, because we are based out of Hollywood, with your help we won't have issues acquiring the tools we need to make this film. Film labs and equipment rental facilities are just around the corner!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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