Defying Gravity (2008 film)

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Defying Gravity
Directed by Michael Keller
Produced by Craig James
Lisa Savy James
Written by Lisa Savy James
Starring Alexandra Mathews
Willam Belli
Macauley Gray
Cinematography Justin Talley
Edited by Brian Voelkerding
Production
company
Balancing Act Pictures
Distributed by Indie-Pictures
Release date
  • March 29, 2008 (2008-03-29)
Country United States
Language English

Defying Gravity is a 2008 independent film directed by Michael Keller and produced by Balancing Act Pictures. It was accepted into eleven film festivals and won four awards.

Plot[edit]

Cassandra, a mute runaway girl, takes refuge in the Jewish cemetery in which her mother is laid to rest. She is watched over by Jorge, the cemetery caretaker, an illegal immigrant. Shore is a dynamic, handsome, and brilliant young man who also happens to be homeless. After almost hitting Cassandra in his dilapidated VW bus, he becomes fascinated by the gothic cemetery waif and attempts to befriend her.

A sequence of events results in Cass getting lost. Jorge and Shore flee the cemetery in a stolen hearse to find Cassandra before her abusive stepfather does. All paths lead to Yermo, California - the site of a roadside diner and a feisty but compassionate transvestite waitress named Lola.

Cast[edit]

  • Alexandra Mathews as Cassandra
  • Willam Belli as Lola
  • Macauley Gray as Shore
  • Mario Martinez as Jorge
  • Tony Franchitto (credited as Anthony Franchitto) as Lubitch
  • Andrew Torres as Menendez
  • Bea Bernstein as Psychic Lady
  • Sara Corder as Destry
  • Michael Francesco as Sebastian
  • Ellen Gedert as Social Worker
  • Andrew Hawley as Mercurio
  • Ariel James as Zoe
  • Mike McNamee as Penlorion
  • Liniana Montenegro as Ofelia
  • Carlos Luis Orrala as Arnulfo
  • Joey Rivas as Pedro
  • Tara Saunders as Edwina
  • Jane Shepherd as Miss Grace

Awards[edit]

  • Digital Video and Hi Def Festival 2008 - Best Story/Writing
  • Fallbrook Film Festival 2008 - Director's Choice
  • Action on Film International Film Festival 2008 2008 - Best LGBT Project
  • Paso Robles Digital Film Festival 2008 - Festival Choice Award
  • Wildwood By The Sea Film Festival 2008 - Best Narrative Feature
  • Riverside International Film Festival 2008 - Official Selection
  • Feel Good Film Festival 2008 - Official Selection
  • Other Venice Film Festival 2008 - Official Selection
  • La Femme Film Festival 2008 - Official Selection
  • Red Rock Film Festival 2008 - Official Selection
  • Beverly Hills Digital and Hi-Def Festival 2008 - Official Selection

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