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Dan Cortes
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Front Royal, Virginia
United States
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A Sensational Expulsion of the Devil which occurred in Iowa in 1928

'An  American Exorcism' details the extraordinary 23-day-long exorcism case in 1928 involving a woman who had been cursed by her own father.

It took place in a parish convent in Earling, Iowa and was assisted by religious sisters, all of whom requested a transfer when the distressing experience was over.

The strange noises and repulsive bodily phenomena caused by the devil exemplify the power of the devil over matter.

Conversations between the exorcist and various evil spirits, give insights into the devil's malice and cunning. Yet this film also reveals the fear these evil spirits have of Holy Water, of a Crucifix, of Relics as well as of St Michael the Archangel and various other Saints.

One of the most famous exorcism cases in U.S. history, this fascinating yet sobering story reveals the malice of Satan and shows God's victory over evil through the instrumentality of the official Roman Rite of Exorcism.

An American Exorcism Movie

A Provocative Approach

'An American Exorcism' is a supernatural horror movie. It is not based on fiction.

Unlike many Hollywood exorcism movies which are loosely based, inspired by, or thoroughly invented, ‘An American Exorcism’ will be the first film to be 100% accurate to the case involved and the theological underpinnings of the Roman Ritual of Exorcism which will result in a more visceral, authentic, and satisfying film.

Our production team will also include an Exorcist Priest to ensure accuracy.

Thus it may come across to some as controversial due to the intense nature involved in the battle between heaven and hell, good and evil, God and the Demons who appear, as it were, to war over the soul of the young woman Anna Schmidt who was believed to be diabolically possessed.

But regardless of your personal persuasion it was a true case of exorcism and the first to be officially sanctioned by the Church in America after much examination and deserves to be told.

The Team

Dan Cortes - Writer, Director, Producer

Dan Cortes is an up-and-coming award-winning editor, director, and video cinematographer currently located in the Washington, D.C. area. His work has been featured on national websites and he has shot narrative film, corporate, and DSLR video work featuring former presidential candidates, senators, congressional candidates, and radio talk show hosts.

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dancortes

Sequoia Sierra - Co-Producer

Sequoia Sierra comes from a classical liberal arts education and is an entrepreneur and fashion stylist for television and film. A recipient of numerous honors and awards she has worked with small businesses and non-profits in the areas of administration, marketing, fundraising, and events.  Sequoia brings a unique life and dynamism to this film project.

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sequoia-sierra/20/6/32a

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5121850/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Fr. Gary Thomas Exorcist PriestFr. Gary Thomas - Exorcism Consultant

Fr. Gary Thomas is a Vatican-certified practicing exorcist whose experience was the subject of the movie 'The Rite', starring Anthony Hopkins. Fr. Gary has graciously agreed to consult on portions of the script for 'An American Exorcism' which deals with the official Rite as well as remaining open to any questions we might have.


Michael McMullen - Actor

Michael McMullen (sitting opposite Kevin Spacey 'House of Cards') signs on as the exorcist priest in our 'An American Exorcism' promo/trailer to be launched here on Indiegogo.com! I have worked with Mike before and he is a solid talent and this gives us an opportunity to get reacquainted and feel him out for the possible lead role of Father Theophilus Riesinger, the exorcist priest. 

Where does the Funding Go?

$11,500 will be used for the barebones completion of the principal photography. Many films have been successfully shot for less and on film for that matter! I sort of see this as the 'El Mariachi' of horror.

At this point cast and crew will be working for the opportunity to be involved on this exiciting and unique film and for credit. Our hope is that many, through this film, will come to know and appreciate their work on a mainstream level.

'An American Exorcism' is primarily a one-location horror film. Therefore the funding raised will be used to:

  • Secure the rental of the parish Convent/Location for the shoot.
  • Provide additional Equipment/Gear/Grip & Electric to be staged at location.
  • SFX Makeup for the "possessed" actress.
  • Set-Design for the location to match the visual tone of the film.
  • Wardrobe for the cast.
  • Transportation for 1 or 2 additional locations.
  • Accommodations for the cast and crew.
  • MEALS to keep the team alive during the 18 (12-14 hr.) days of principal photography!

So what happens if we don't reach our Financial Goal?

If we do not secure the entire amount we will keep pushing forward. We will create a Round II campaign and establish a production fund (meaning we will not touch funds) until we reach the finish line. We are entirely committed to completing this film.

Are you a Rental House or Own Gear?

If you'd like to Sponsor this production and/or offer any assistance you'll receive a unique Perk which includes a huge Special Thanks mention featuring your company LOGO to be viewed in time and memoriam at the end of the film as well as other perks!

Potential Actresses

Send me an email or leave a comment above to tell me your favorite actress submitted so far for the Lead role of 'Anna Schmidt'.

 Location on Our List

This is an ideal location and setting. It is close to a metropolitan area while being remote enough to carry on our filming.

Funding could help secure this location where the cast and crew can shoot and possibly even stay while telling this extraordinary story of torture and triumph.

An American Exorcism Movie location


Commemorative Perks (Requiem VI & VII) 'An American Exorcism'

Exorcism Movie Perks

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  • $10USD
    REQUIEM I - Movie Access!

    Recieve instant movie access with an advance screening AND 1080p HD download of the movie to own and enjoy. PLUS our Immortal Thanks and Appreciation with your name listed on the official 'American Exorcism' website!

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  • $35USD
    REQUIEM II - Movie Memento

    You'll receive an autographed printed copy of a Scene from the movie, an email Thank You from the Director, PLUS the aforementioned perks! (Please add $12 for international shipping).

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  • $50USD
    REQUIEM III - Deluxe DVD!

    You'll be shipped a deluxe DVD signed by the actors and crew with official art and bonus features (not included on the free download). PLUS your name will be listed in the "Special Thanks" credits section at the end of the movie! (Please add $12 for shipping outside the U.S).

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  • $100USD
    REQUIEM IV - Official Poster

    You'll receive a 11x17 Limited Edition 'An American Exorcism' autographed movie poster (the official Key art to the movie) PLUS the aforementioned perks!

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  • $250USD
    REQUIEM V - Screening & Credit

    You'll receive a personal Thank You from the Director (hand signed) plus an official 'Thank You' credit in the movie (listed also on IMDB.com once screened!) and an invitation (for you and three friends!) to a private screening (one night only) at a theater around Halloween (All Souls Day, 2013) PLUS the aforementioned perks! (Does not include travel/accommodations).

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  • $500USD
    REQ. VI - Skeleton Key

    You'll receive a 'Special Thanks' credit in the movie (listed also on IMDB.com once screened!) and an ornate Saint Benedict Exorcism Protection (Skeleton) Key Pendant Medal blessed by the Exorcist priest PLUS the aforementioned perks!

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  • $1,000USD
    REQ. VII - Standing on Demon

    You'll receive an honorary 'Associate Producer' credit in the movie (listed also on IMDB.com once screened!) and a beautiful Bronze Saint Michael the Archangel Standing on the Demon Rose Statue to commemorate your participation, as well as an exclusive invitation to attend the Wrap Party PLUS the aforementioned perks! (Does not include travel/accommodations).

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  • $2,500USD
    REQUIEM VIII - Movie Mogul

    We anoint you Movie Mogul King! Well, almost. You'll receive an honorary 'Producer' credit in the OPENING of the movie (listed also on IMDB.com once screened!) and a personal phone call from the Director, PLUS all of the aforementioned perks!

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  • $11,500USD

    What can we say? You just secured our entire budget to make this movie. We believe with our script, talented actors, and digital film gear we will achieve a no less than astonishing film. Along with the aforementioned Perks you'll receive an honorary 'Executive Producer' credit in the movie (Listed also on IMDB.com once screened!) and access to the set which includes your notes on the script and an opportunity to help on the film!

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