Logline: A man is determined to return “home” and is convinced he knows the way. God intervenes and shows him that he has much to learn. Working as a hit man, he must consider the impossible: mercy for a mass murderer. Will he succeed?
Length: 20 minutes
Directors: Chris Young & Chloe Bellande
Producers: Chris Young, Chloe Bellande
Writers: Chloe Bellande, Chris Young
About the writer, director and producer:
Chris Young: Actor from very young, grown into actor, producer, director. Chris loves telling stories that carry the protagonist from dark to light. “Love is the answer”.
Chloe Bellande: Writer since childhood, Chloe has grown to produce, direct, write her own films. Character-driven stories is her specialty, dramas and thrillers are her genres.
Key cast: Chris Young, Anton Koval, Brendan Walker, Zachary Creatchman, Herschel Landoh
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): Yes
Funders: Heart Vision Films, Blue Infinity Films, Kickstarter
Made in association with: Heart Vision Films, Blue Infinity Films
Release date: February 24th, 2016
Where can I watch it? Wednesday June 15th at The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto, Canada.
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
The film was made because too many of us judge/criticize others for the things they've done when in reality, none of us are perfect. Doesn't matter what you've done, to any degree, any human being is worthy of mercy because no human is perfect.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
Because you will have the opportunity to walk away better for it. Or not. Maybe you won't get anything from it, but you'll be exposed to it at the least.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
It's entirely universal. That was the idea from its inception. To create something that any viewer could understand or relate with. The story is very personal to me but we've skewed it in an objective way. It's almost rhetorical to say that because any story is exemplary of ourselves, the human condition. We are all suffering in some way, understood/realized/acknowledged or not. So your story or my story is my story or your story.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
They changed very much over the course of the production. It's never clear what something will be, not even when it ends! Because somebody in the audience will still say "Hey, I got this message from it" and it's something you never even considered! So it's very important to stay open at all times, unattached to results and only serve the baby, the project, the art that is being expressed through us.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
Various. Mixed. Some get it, some don't. Some cry like a child. Some don't even finish watching it. What can you do? Tell the truth, serve the project and let it marinate in the audience.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
Yes it has. It's important to make product that is easy to digest. You want the audience to sit back, enjoy, and eat the platter you've served. So it's important to have structure and dialogue is key. All elements are key. You learn from every project, so... Cheers to that.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
We simply want the world to see. We want the planet to have the chance to see something different, something out of the norm. It was a huge risk!!! Huge. So the world has to see what's out there, other than what's out there... Play on words but you understand.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
Sales agents, buyers and distributors are not critical at this time. The rest mentioned, yes. Strong yes's to those. The concept, the workmanship needs to be seen by producers, festival directors and journalists so that more of these kind of films, to a stronger degree, can get made. Good product will sell. Product first - always.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
We just want people to think even just a sliver differently than how they walked in before the show. To be humbled by the message and perhaps think twice before casting stones at others. Forgiveness is important. It's important. Waking up is important.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
Why do you suffer from the actions of others? What they did to you is something they have to learn from. You could be the answer by extending help. People are hurting out there and understanding is paramount. Won't happen right away. Still doesn't change that it's paramount.
Would you like to add anything else?
I think we've said a lot! Lol. "Thank you". Thank you for getting this message out there, doing what you do. These films can't get eyes or ears without your presence. You are everything! So... "Thank you".
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
There's a few feature ideas floating around. It's up to the Man Upstairs. People will come to the table and see what's possible, they'll help get those ideas off the ground with you. Work with them, work with people you relate with... and make lasting product. I've got a story about a man with a second chance at a woman he wasn't ready for when they first met and another story about a man who fights, he's a boxer, scarred from foster care, he thinks he's conquered his past but learns that - wait... Better to just make that one and show you! :) Chloe also has feature ideas in the barrel. She’s ready, always ready with ammunition. You’ll see a lot more of her, hands down!
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