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

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 15, 2014 at 10:10AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Tortoise and His Tail

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"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 offender.

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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