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INDIGO
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INDIGO
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: John Hawthorne Smith

United States, 2013, 92min
Format: Digital (screening) - Canon 7D (shooting)
Festival Year: 2015
Category: Feature Narrative
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Cast:  Skyler Pinkerton, Dana Pelevine, Nicholas Brendon, Madeleine James, Lance R. Marshall, Taso Mikroulis
Crew:  Producers: John Hawthorne Smith, Courtney McManus, Caitlin Gold, Collen Doyle - Screenwriters: John Hawthorne Smith
Email:  lamanchafilmsgmail.com

synopsis
Eli Casey, an up-and-coming photographer and recovering heroin addict, implodes after his son is kidnapped. He separates from his wife. He stops working. He gives up. As a favor to his agent, Eli begrudgingly agrees to shoot a wedding. While there, he takes a picture of a suspicious couple who offer to bribe him in return for deleting certain photos. Eli refuses. The next day, Eli discovers that the flower girl at the wedding disappeared and Eli sets out to conquer his demons and save the girl.

director
John Hawthorne Smith graduated from the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 2009. In his final year, his in-class film project, The Big Night, became an instant success and is used in promotional materials for the Academy today. After graduation, he created the first student film in the school’s 125 year history, Indigo. Indigo went on to receive the Golden Ace for best student film at the Las Vegas Film Festival and was nominated for Best Mini-Feature at the Bare Bones International Film Festival, both in 2009. 4 years later, he turned it into a feature which has recently won the top award at the Amsterdam Film Festival as well as Best Feature at the Trenton Film Festival and the Art All Night festival. Before attending AADA, John wrote his first play at the age of 15, which won the Houston Young Playwright's Exchange and the Texas Educational Theatre Association's award for best play (beating collegiate playwrights). It then had a brief run at the local Tony award winning theatre.
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filmmaker's note
When I was in high school, I had this idea to write seven plays, each named after a different color of the rainbow, and each with the hero’s “flaw” one of the seven deadly sins. In this case, Indigo represents sloth. Many people think of sloth as pure laziness, but I look at it more as not doing what you’re supposed to do. Throughout the film, Eli refuses to deal with the world around him. He doesn’t face his challenges or his feelings head on. He uses drugs to dull the pain rather than work on truly moving on and growing. He is stuck in between his old addict life and his new life with Cathy -- he tries to escape who he is, but he cannot.

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