Bird in a Cage
|Bird in a Cage|
|Directed by||Antonio Zarro|
|Produced by||Bradford Carr
Truman Anquoe Jr.
|Written by||Antonio Zarro|
|Distributed by||Zarro Entertainment|
|Running time||60 minutes|
Zarro's original script for the film had the two leads dying, but this was changed when CBN University associate professor and executive producer of the film Terry Lindvall felt "so many deaths would make the movie too much like a Shakespearean tragedy." He also recounted how a "blue tint applied at the film lab to turn a swimming scene from day to night made the heroine's pink bathing suit seem to disappear", which compelled Lindvall to censor most of the swimming shot."
The film follows a thief into the countryside where he is mistaken as preacher, which is transformational.
Hal Erickson of All Movie Guide remarked that the director was a college student when he "lovingly assembled" the film, writing "The material is simple (and sometimes simplistic), but demands artistry. Novice filmmaker Antonio Zarro delivered that artistry."
Awards and nominations
- 1987, won Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Award in 1987
- 1987, won Gold Medal at Christian Broadcasting Network University's’s first Student Academy Awards.
- Witt, John (May 31, 1987). "CBN University Film Wins Oscar". Richmond Times-Dispatch. p. E1. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- "Bird in a Cage". Regent University. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- Kennedy, Dana. "Bird in a Cage (1987)". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- "14th Annual Student Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 7, 1987. p. 24. Retrieved 24 August 2010.