New York writer-director Deborah Goodwin is following up her UK debut “Vampires In Venice” with Brooklyn gang drama “The Pastor,” which just began filming in Brooklyn.
Goodwin wrote the film from a story by Arturo Muyshondt about a paroled former gang leader (Muyshondt) who tries to rebuild a church in Hispanic gang territory in Brooklyn. He wants to establish a green zone to curb gang violence in the community, but he is met with resistance from rival gang leaders who threaten him and his family. He struggles to hang on to his faith as he fights against his own violent instincts. He doesn’t want to become a killer again.
The film is financed and produced by short filmmaker and actor turned Miami investment banker Muyshondt’s WolfGang Cinema, a film production company which backs cross-cultural films for multicultural audiences. WGC has also developed and will finance and produce Goodwin’s next feature, “The Two Lives of Maxi Kaplan.”
“The Pastor” is produced by Courtney Andrialis (“The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable”) with Mike Harrop and Marcelo Paladini as executive producers and Quentin Little as co-producer.