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ACTION/CRIME/THRILLER: After falling for a beautiful woman, an expert assassin is forced to question the morality of his profession.
Gabrielle Lui
Charlotte, North Carolina
United States
6 Team Members

UPDATE - Winston-Salem Chronicle: http://www.wschronicle.com/2013/07/uncsa%E2%80%88alum-set-to-film-debut-feature-in-winston/


The Pitch

Law of the Land is a feature length action crime thriller about Ash Jones, an expert assassin who has always been prepared for anything. Although when he falls for the beautiful and sexy Renee, he is forced to confront the morality of his profession.

  • Once upon a time, Edward Varnie made the short film version of this feature.  That film got him accepted into the Directing discipline at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and got his cinematographer, Dylan Zola, accepted into the Cinematography discipline.  Now Varnie and Zola want to make this short film into a feature, and they need your help.
  • Besides a terrific crew (including Producer Gabrielle Lui, Production Designer Aaron Kelly, and Editor Aaron Greenbaum) the filmmakers have also locked down the lead actor for the film: Kwame Patterson, best known for his role of Monk on the classic HBO series "The Wire", and currently playing Re-Kon on the show "Ray Donovan."  The money raised in this campaign will pay for his SAG actor fee, as well as equipment rentals, props & costumes, and food for the cast and crew.

  • We will be shooting the film this August, but we need the help of supporters like you in order to make this film a reality.  Even if you can only give a dollar or two, every cent brings us closer to our goal and making this film possible.



Ash ready for action.
Ash ready for action.

Ash & Renae, about to kiss.

Ash and Renae about to kiss.

Ash choking Antwan
Ash choking Antwan
Ash getting information from Shana
Ash getting information from Shana




What We Need & What You Get

Movies are always fun, but are hard work and cost a lot of money.  

Your money will NOT be going towards our pockets! Every dollar donated (besides the % that goes to Indiegogo) will be going directly to the production of the film as stated above.

The money will go towards:

  • Food
  • Equipment 
  • Set dressing
  • Props
  • Make-up
  • Costumes
  • SAG fees
  • Insurance
  • Travel fees
  • Location rentals
  • Expendables
  • Festival fees

By helping out, you can recieve one of our AWESOME prizes!  Get a signed poster!  Be an extra in the film!  Become an Executive Producer!  Check them all out on the right hand side! 

The Impact

You are aiding in the birth of a film. Most stories are written and they stay on paper, forever. We can't keep this story on paper anymore! 

  • We are all film school graduates, and for most of us, this will be our first feature film.
  • If we make this film right (and with enough money, we can) then we can take it to film festivals around the world and hopefully get distribution.
  • By supporting us, you can help make our dreams come alive.


Can't contribute any cash? It's okay! 

You can still help us! Just please pass this on to your friends and family!

  • We need as many supporters as we can get, and the more poeople that see this page, the better chance we have at reaching our goal!

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Law of the Land Team:


Kwame Patterson - Ash Jones 

Kwame Patterson - Ash Jones

Kwame is recognized from his breakout role as "Monk" on the HBO hit series, The Wire. Since then he has booked roles on the following shows: The Shield, CSI, Dark Blue, iCarly, and Castle. He is currently a recurring character as "Re-Kon" on the new Showtime show Ray Donovan.


He enjoys working with kids in gang prevention/youth development programs. This is because he came from that environment and being involved in gangs and growing up on the streets he feels that he can show them that their is a light at the end of the tunnel. He started boxing at the age of 12 and is currently studying Krav Maga.


Kwame: "Im a firm believer that we have yet to see our best days." He is passionate about the people he cares about and the career path he's chosen. He lives everyday to the fullest because nothing after this moment is guaranteed.


Check out Kwame's reels below!





Edward Varnie - Writer/Director 

Edward Varnie - Director

Law of the Land will be Edward's feature directorial debut. In film school, at UNCSA he directed the short film version of this and it got him accepted into the directing discipline. He has been working on this project for a long time and anyone that knows him knows he has been waiting to make this film.




Gabrielle Lui - Producer

Gabrielle Lui - Producer

Gabrielle just graduated from the producing discipline from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she first met Edward and the rest of the creative team members. She is very excited to be part of this project especially because it has one she has been developing with Edward for almost two years now. She is also very excited about the team that has come together to make this film happen. Currently she is the Head Teaching Assistant at the UNCSA 2013 Summer Session and learning Mandarin. 



Nick Hoisington - Producer 

Nick Hoisington

Acting as Producer, Nick's senior thesis film, MOLLY UNDER THE MOON,
involved many students from each art school at UNCSA, and was
selected for the 2012 Munich International Film Festival and five
other film festivals across the country. Nick worked as a Production
Assistant on seven feature films including THE HUNGER GAMES and
2nd 2nd Assistant Director on the local film by Angus MacLachlan,


Aaron Kelly - Produciton Designer 

Aaron Kelly

A native of North Carolina, Aaron Kelly has found his passion in art direction and is following its every avenue. Along with his education (UNC School of the Arts class of 2013), travel, history, and current events power his work. He has a passion for creating worlds using enduring techniques and new technology. His mantra is that even the most ordinary setting can have serious depth when viewed in the right light.


Dylan Zola - Director of Photography

Dylan Zola

Having previously collaborated with Edward Varnie on the original Ash Jones short film, Dylan Zola is returning as the Director of Photography. After several years of shooting short films and music videos, Law of the Land marks his first credit as cinematographer on a feature-length production. He is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts and currently resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.



Aaron Greenbaum - Editor

Aaron Greenbaum - Editor

Aaron Greenbaum was born and raised in small town Connecticut. He has always had a keen interest in technology as well as art, and he really found his place in film editing. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Film with a BFA and a concentration in editing. He hopes to edit feature length films, and is excited at the opportunity to work on an independent level.  

 He is proficient in the following: Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7, Pro Tools, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier Pro, 5.1 surround sound audio workflow, MPEG streamclip, Compressor, and Adobe Media Encoder. He has worked with the following: RED, ALEXA, DSLR, DV tape media workflows. He is also proficient in transcoding for web.






Most importantly we want to thank all the friends, family, and fans of Law of the Land! We cannot make this film without your support.

Help us bring this film to your screen! 

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at lawofthelandfilm@gmail.com 


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    A special shout-out on our Facebook page!

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    Along with the Facebook shout-out, you'll receive a "Special Thanks" credit in the finished film's closing credits! And you'll get added to our email list, and receive behind-the-scenes updates on the film!

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    A Digital Download of the finished film! (This will have to wait until the film has been completed and made the festival circuit, so that may be a while) Plus - All of the above!

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    All of the above, plus a signed photo from the entire cast and crew!

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    A genuine copy of the script, signed by the cast and crew! Plus - All of the above

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    A 30 minute Google Hangout/Skype/iChat/Conference Call Session with the Filmmakers! Plus - All of the above

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    A chance to come to Winston-Salem or Charlotte to be an EXTRA in the Film! (Travel expenses not included) Plus - All of the above

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    A chance to shadow a crew member on the set of the film! Learn everything there is to know about making an independent feature film! Food included! (Travel expenses not included) Plus - All of the above

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    An Associate Producer credit on the finished film! Plus - Dinner with the Filmmakers, Shadowing a crew member, Be an Extra, Advanced Screening, Script, Photo, DVD, Digital Download of the film, added to the email list, & a shout out on Facebook!

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    An Executive Producer credit on the finished film! Plus - Dinner with the Filmmakers, Shadowing a crew member, Be an Extra, Advanced Screening, Script, Photo, DVD, Digital Download of the film, added to the email list, & a shout out on Facebook!

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