About the Film
Foster siblings Vincent and Krystal have been estranged for many years. When they are forced to reunite, their polar opposite paths in life lead to an explosive outcome where each is made to come to terms with their own faults. Vincent is a pastor of a small church struggling with religious doubts and a burgeoning desire for another male pastor. Krystal, on the other hand, has devoted her life to full on exploration and hedonism through the arts yet struggles with the labels placed on her as a result. As each other's closest confidant as well as biggest critic, Vincent and Krystal attract and repel like magnets. When the siblings reunite, everything comes to a head, both within their relationship and within each of their individual lives.
Written and directed by Edd Blott
150 minutes / Color / Stereo
Genre: Drama, LGBTQ+
Vincent (Patrick D. Green)
Vincent is a pastor living in the Pacific Northwest. During his childhood, his best friend was his foster sister, Krystal. The two regularly found themselves in all sorts of trouble which brought no end of frustration to their parents. Broken by the death of their minister father, Vincent committed his life to the church and began a career behind the pulpit. This decision directly led to a falling out between him and Krystal. Over the last two years, Vincent wrote her letters of an increasingly personal nature. These "confessions" reveal his crisis of faith and a supression of his sexuality. They are documented in the webseries, Letters (Prologue to Escaping Freedom). His best friend is Marcus, a fellow pastor at the church, who Vincent's affection for has developed into something he knows must be kept hidden.
Krystal (Kelly Godell)
A self-proclaimed hedonist, Krystal lives every day basking in the moment. After Vincent left town to begin his time at seminary, she decided to dedicate her life to the theatre, a passion she has held since childhood. Today she is a well-respected actress in town with a reputation for bringing "a foul mouth and a good time" wherever she goes. She finds immense pride in always striving to be authentic to who she is, even if she does not like what she sees. After receiving a series of letters from Vincent, Krystal finally responds with a hurtful message for her brother to move on in his life and leave her alone. This response can be seen in Letters, Part 6 (Prologue to Escaping Freedom).
Marcus (Jonathan Daniel Miles)
Marcus is a fellow pastor at Vincent's church and his dearest friend. Along with his wife and son, Marcus is known for being a beacon of hope and love to everyone he interacts with in the congregation. However, buried deep under that perfectly maintained exterior is an unbearable shame. Marcus knows as well as Vincent that there is a romantic affection towards each other, but fears for his status and reputation should those desires be entertained.
René (Brian Adrian Koch)
René's chief aim in life is to invite people to experience a deeper and more beautiful level of self-awareness and artistic expression. As Krystal's theatre director and mentor, he finds something incredible in her talent and approach to life. This invigorates his own work and she quickly becomes his muse. As their relationship grows, the lines that were once clearly drawn begin to blur and René's position unknowingly shifts from mentor to manipulator.
Katie (Laura Welsh)
Despite the stigma of being a single mother, Katie is perhaps the purest member the church has ever had. As their only deaconess, she can always be found serving in some capacity, but is most frequently in the copy room putting together bulletins for the upcoming worship service. Little is known about the father of her daughter and she would like very much to keep it that way. Her attraction to Vincent is the church's worst-kept secret. Being known as a Godly lady, however, she impatiently waits for Vincent to make the first move.
LETTERS (A Prologue to Escaping Freedom)
Part 1 of 6
Part 2 of 6
Part 3 of 6
Part 4 of 6*
Part 5 of 6*
Part 6 of 6
*For mature audiences only.
About The Team
When Producers Edd Blott and Patrick Green began discussing the leap of expanding from the tiny, typically 3-person shoots of the prequel web-series Letters to a full-blown feature length film, they knew they wanted to maintain as small a crew as possible, while ensuring all the most necessary jobs were filled. The idea was to keep an atmosphere that allowed for a familial, intimate set where actors could fully focus on performance, and bring the script to life in a way that allowed them to explore and play naturally. Green had worked with Aileen Sheedy, Evan Gandy and Jeffrey Stillwell on several prior projects and knew they were all amazing at not only their specific job title but at being flexible, and the type of people who go above and beyond in order to make things happen. Chloe Huckins was recommended as Production Assistant and rounded out the team perfectly. As for casting, Blott and Green spread the word far and wide for the main roles of Krystal, Marcus and Rene. Auditions began with self-taped scenes. From those, Blott and Green met with top choices to get a feel for them as people and to get a sense of chemistry between the principals as well as the Director. Other roles were filled first from those initial video auditions where folks seemed to fit naturally. Alejandro Villanueva Medina came on in post production as our amazing composer, who has also scored a prior film Green co-produced. The team would be remiss if it did not make clear that all of this was made possible by the incredible folks who supported our Seed & Spark crowdfunding effort. A hearty “thank you!” to each and every member of our exceptional team!
I was a few weeks from my thirtieth birthday when it all came crashing down. Until that point, I lived within a conservative, religious environment. Everything about me was shaped and molded by those beliefs. Every job I ever had was within the ministry in one way or another. I married young to a kind woman who dreamed of becoming a missionary, and I had two beautiful daughters partially because that’s what I was supposed to do. Questioning myself, my beliefs, and considering my same sex desires was simply never an option. But then, in the fall of 2013, I simply could not ignore it any longer. I was defined completely by others’ views and living that lie was tearing me up inside. It almost cost me my life. This is ultimately where Escaping Freedom was born…. READ MORE
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