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Orphans

A short film about one man's confrontation with life and death through an encounter with a prison cellmate.

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There are more than 1.7 million children in the United States with an incarcerated parent (The Sentencing Project/Research and Advocacy for Reform, Feb. 2009).

Our Story

Orphans is a film about fathers and sons, life and death, and the courage to live and die honorably. 

The story follows a young man named Bobby, who has been charged with grand larceny and imprisoned in the North Carolina State Penitentiary. Upon entering his cell, he meets Richard, a rather quiet man with a knack for creating uncomfortable situations. They begin a game of chess, playing on a board they’ve found in corner of the cell. But as the game goes on, Bobby begins to suspect that Richard may carry a dark secret, a secret that could permanently alter the course of Bobby’s future.

What We Need

In order to make this film a reality, we need $3,500 for camera rental, grip and lighting equipment, art department, costumes, food, locations, permits, festivals, etc.

Why It Matters

Orphans is a story that speaks directly to families who have been made victims of rape or parental imprisonment. Our hope is that this film will raise awareness and support for such social injustices. 

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone can contribute financially. However, you are just as helpful when you share our promo video and this page. Every click counts to help us achieve our goal.

Our Team

Writer/Director: JACK CASWELL

 

Producer: CHRISTENE HURLEY

 

Director of Photography: CHRIS ELLISON

 

Production Designer: JUBILATE COX

 

Composer: JUSTIN NELMS

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