Official selection of Saint Louis International Film Festival "indie-fest",  2009 "Hollywood Film Festival" & "NOOR Film Festival" in Los Angeles

    

 

About the film

California prisons are in crisis. Inmates are dying at an unusually high rate, rehabilitation programs are minimal, and a federal receiver has taken control of the prison health care system. Prisons are severely overcrowded – with 173,000 prisoners sleeping in gyms, dayrooms and classrooms – and state prison facilities will likely run out of space by this time next year. California has the highest recidivism rate in the country: 70 percent of prisoners are re-imprisoned within three years.

 

Synopsis

After spending nearly 15 years in solitary confinement, Otis (Kevin Durand: Smoking Aces, 3:10 To Yuma, Wild Hogs) is released back into society. Under the supervision of Los Angeles County Probation Officer, John Anderson (Mike Wiles: Transformers, Art School Confidential), he moves into a transitional facility, run by Al (Jack Kehler: winner of the Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Love Liza, also Fever Pitch, The Big Lebowski), where his re-assimilation can be monitored.

Otis attempts to start a new life but the past is too enticing. He heads to a local Taxi Dancer club where he meets Penny (Tammy Trull: Harsh Times, Havoc), a dancer who seems to care about him. This being so unfamiliar to Otis, he stays with her far beyond his curfew.

Fearing the consequences of violating his parole, he decides not to return at all. During breakfast, Otis is approached by Hamid (David Diaan), a Persian Rug salesman. He offers Otis a job helping with his deliveries. Otis agrees and Hamid takes him to an isolated desert community to revisit some previous customers. Among these, the compound of the evangelist broadcaster, Reverend Roy (Peter Stormare Whom finished playing mobster John Abruzzi in the hit TV series “PRISON BREAK” this last fall, he is easily remembered in the smash hits FARGO, THE Big Lebowski, Minority Report, the multiple Oscar nominated Chocolat and Lars Von Trier's critically acclaimed Dancer In The Dark) with his congregation of vestal vixens, and the exotic artist Palma who decides Otis deserves a place in a mythological mural she is painting.

As officer Anderson learns of Otis' disappearance, he decides that he must lead the search to find the missing parolee. During the investigation, bits of Otis' troubled and violent past are revealed, including his forced involvement in prison gladiator matches. When they learn of Penny, they find she is missing as well. Officer Anderson fears the worst. Following the GPS on Otis' leg bracelet, Officer Anderson heads to the desert. He meets up with the local Sheriff and they relentlessly track Otis and Hamid throughout their odyssey, culminating in a final confrontation between Otis, the law and destiny.

 

excerpt from an article printed in "sandiego union tribune" August 31st

Inside these failing American correctional institutions, Security Housing Units are overflowing with men deemed unfit for general population. Solitary confinement. Human contact restricted to the guards who deliver their meals. Allowed only five minutes a week to shower. Exposure to sunlight limited to one hour a day in a cell with a chain link ceiling. After years of mental and physical abuse, these men are then released upon society without rehabilitation. Criminals are not reformed but refined.....(Article by Amanda Bailey & Joseph Hayes, Published August 31st)