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Project of the Day: ‘The Tortoise and His Tail’

Project of the Day: 'The Tortoise and His Tail'

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“The Tortoise and His Tail” 

Tweetable Logline: A man with a dark past breaks parole on Halloween to go on an adventure with his eight-year old daughter.

Elevator Pitch: As Halloween begins in a suburban desert neighborhood, police round up
sex offenders and lock them in the courthouse. One man, Daniel, evades
parole and bicycles into town.There, he finds an eight-year old girl,
and promises to take her on an adventure she’ll never forget.

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Jean Lee (AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2014, Film
Independent Director’s Lab 2014, Sundance Screenwriter’s Intensive 2013,
Berlin International Film Festival Offical Selection)

Producer: Carolina Groppa (“The Pretty One”), Samantha Nell (Focus Features Africa First), & Melanie Ramos

Cinematography: Nevil Jackson

Editor: Nadia Fugazza (“To Die For”)

About the Production: I was intrigued by an article about how sex offenders were rounded up on
Halloween and locked in a courthouse in order to protect
trick-or-treaters from potential abuse. “The Tortoise and His Tail” is
about one such person. His name is Daniel and he is a recovering sex

Recovery from any addiction takes not only a brave individual, but a
brave community. And whether it is we who are the abusers or the
abused, recovery is not a straight and narrow path. It is often a
winding, lonely road that hopefully, eventually leads to peace.

Current Status: Fundraising (half of the funds have been acquired), casting, and pre-pro

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page 

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John Wang

it is great!


I'd like to watch the film.


Yes! Yes!



Hao Le


Sung Won Woo

Great and wonderful!!

Sung Ho Woo

Remarkable film!!

Sang Hoon Woo

Excellent movie!!

Hye Young Lee



Interesting film.



Helen Choi

Good movie. Want it to be played on the big screen

Ellis O'Donnell

love it

Olawale Bamidele

I am not a film person, the key point in the film about this societal issue is important. This film must get made evetually.

Oladapo Bamidele

I love this movie. Remarkable team effort

Heather Hansen

Absolutely fantastic work! I need to see this on the big screen!


A very intriguing film which explores a world we rarely see. It is important to support it and to explore and understand this world.

I absolutely want to see this film made!

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