Word of a new “must see” horror short film playing during the 2014 Hollywood Reel Indie Film Fest landed in our inbox so here’s the scoop on David Portorreal’s Prisoner 614 plus a few stills.
From the Press Release:
Award-winning short film Prisoner 614, starring Hemky Madera (“Weeds”) and Celestin Cornielle (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) is set to screen on February 12th at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, being held February 11th–23rd at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, CA.
The thriller, which is currently enjoying a successful festival run, was written, directed, and produced by David Portorreal, whose father was born and raised in the Dominican Republic during the reign of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina and was the inspiration for Portorreal’s award-winning film.
“The Dominican Republic is a special place to me not only because of my father, but also because of my many relatives that currently live there,” says David Portorreal. “The country’s history has always fascinated me. One day I was speaking with my father and doing research about the Trujillo era, with the goal of writing a feature script about the time period, when I was hit with the idea for Prisoner 614. The resulting short film is an abstract, supernatural thriller which I have dedicated to him because of his courageous experiences in 1960.”
Prisoner 614 is a short (about 10 mins), intense drama thriller about an off-kilter prisoner (Hemky Madera) who is brought before a determined military interrogator (Celestin Cornielle), unafraid of using violent methods for information. Things begin to heat up when one of them soon realizes that he got more than what he bargained for. Prisoner 614, which is a film festival “must see,” was an official selection at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival and premiered at the Festival de Cine Global Dominicano.
Audiences can see Prisoner 614 and meet some of the key cast on February 12th at 3:30 pm at the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 West Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood, CA 90036. Portorreal’s next film, currently in development with a Federal agent, is Maite, which is set for production in the Dominican Republic later this year.
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