festival release poster
|Produced by||Heather Hale|
|Written by||Eric Troyer & Heather Hale|
by Eric Troyer
|Music by||Stephen C. Marston|
|Editing by||Jochen Kunstler|
Snitch (aka Witness Insecurity, aka Absolute Killers) is a thriller film that was directed by Heather Hale. The script, based on the self-published novel Insecurity by Eric Troyer, was co-written by Eric Troyer and Heather Hale. Produced by the same duo, the film starred Edward Furlong, Grace Johnston, Rick Ravanello, Brian Krause, Meat Loaf, and Ed Asner. The film had its festival premiere October 1, 2011 under its working title of Witness Insecurity, and theatrical release March 16, 2012 under its distribution title of Snitch.
The story centers around Johnny Graham (Edward Furlong) who was raised by the Torino crime family after his parents' death. He is constantly bothered by the fact that he has to make a decision of whether he should stay loyal to the family that adopted him or his conscience. It is apparent to Johnny that it is time to act when Anthony Torino (Rick Ravanello) sets his sights on D.A. Elizabeth Jones (Grace Johnston) who is prosecuting him for the gruesome murder of his cousin. Though Johnny is the family accountant, he is an excellent marksman and he volunteers to make the hit. He persuades a hesitant Anthony into letting him eliminate the DA when in actuality he only want to warn her. His plan is ruined by two men from the Torino family sent to oversee his first hit. The shootout that followed leaves Elizabeth wounded, one of the two men dead, and Johnny arrested. His conscience takes control of him when he confesses and is entered into the Federal Witness Security Program. Shortly after, Anthony is apprehended but escapes and makes contact with a mole in an attempt to uncover the locations of Johnny and the others who were going to testify against him in trial. Torino family hit-man and Johnny's longtime friend, Vince, comes to the farm where Johnny was hidden. Once again, Johnny is scrambling to keep the lives of those who have paths with Anthony intact, including his own. On his journey, he realizes he is not alone on his mission.
- Edward Furlong as Johnny
- Grace Johnston as Elizabeth
- Rick Ravanello as Anthony
- Brian Krause as Vince
- Meat Loaf as Dan Sloan (as Meat Loaf Ada)
- Elaine Hendrix as Susan
- Ed Asner as Max
- Rena Owen as Judge Irwin
- P.J. Byrne as Perry
- Daz Crawford as Phil
- Billy Burns as Chuck Thomas
- John Bobek as Matt
- Diana Sayers as Gilda
- Camellia Rahbary as Angela
- Charles Austin Moore II as Julian
- Patrick G. Keenan as Frank
- Brian Gregorie as Wayne
- Donald James Moore as Mike
- Ryan Sawtelle as Detective Regan
- Davis Osborne as Brian
Helmed by director Heather Hale, Snitch was filmed on two Red One cameras in May-June 2010 in a number of North Carolina locations near Charlotte including China Grove, Kannapolis, Lexington and Salisbury.
Snitch premiered on October 1, 2011 as Witness Insecurity as a spotlighted film at the 2011 Modern Film Fest. It has since been picked up by two different domestic distributors who marketed it internationally at the 2011 and 2012 American Film Market and the market at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
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