Witness Insecurity

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Absolute Killers
Witness Insecurity Poster.jpg
festival release poster
Directed by Heather Hale
Produced by Heather Hale
Written by
  • Eric Troyer
  • Heather Hale
Based on Insecurity
by Eric Troyer
Music by Stephen C. Marston
Cinematography Jim Orr
Edited by Jochen Kunstler
  • Heather Hale Productions and Cascade Pictures
  • Witness Insecurity
Distributed by TriCoast
Release date
  • October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01) (Modern Film Fest)
  • August 16, 2012 (2012-20-16) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

Absolute Killers (aka Witness Insecurity, aka Snitch) is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Heather Hale.[1] 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,[2][3][4] and theatrical release March 16, 2012, under its original distribution title of Snitch[5]


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 decide whether he should remain loyal to his adoptive family or to 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 Anthony 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 to let him eliminate the D.A., when in actuality Johnny only wants to warn her. His plan is ruined by two men from the Torino family sent to oversee his first hit. The ensuing shootout leaves Elizabeth wounded, one of the two overseers dead, and Johnny arrested. Johnny's conscience takes control of him when he confesses and is entered into the Federal Witness Security Program. Shortly afterward, Anthony is apprehended, but he 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 is hidden. Once again, Johnny is scrambling to keep the lives of those who have crossed paths with Anthony intact, including his own. On his journey, he realizes he is not alone on his mission.[6]



Under its working title of Witness Insecurity, filming began under director Heather Hale in May 2010.[7] Principle filming took place through May[7] and June 2010 in North Carolina,[8] and was subsequently filmed in a number of North Carolina locations, including Charlotte, China Grove, Lexington and Salisbury.[7]


The film premiered as Witness Insecurity on October 1, 2011, at the Modern Film Fest in Kannapolis, North Carolina,[2][3][4] with the filmmakers and some of the local actors in attendance for a discussion panel.[9] The film had theatrical release on March 16, 2012, under its distribution title of Snitch.[5]


  1. ^ Hale, Heather. "Absolute Killers". HeatherHale.com. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Modern Film Festival Screens 4 Movies: Charlotte Ties". Consord.WBTV.com. Archived from the original on 10 Feb 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "'Witness Insecurity' villain Ravanello to attend Modern Film Fest". Salisbury Post. September 19, 2011. Archived from the original on 5 Dec 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Katie Scarvey (September 22, 2011). "Modern Film Fest hits its stride". Salisbury Post. Archived from the original on 24 Sep 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b staff (March 15, 2012). "Troyer film 'Snitch' opens Friday at Concord Mills". Salisbury Post. Archived from the original on 16 Mar 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Knox, Michael. "Actor Patrick Keenan talks about the Charlotte movie scene". August 30, 2011. Modern Film Fest. Archived from the original on 5 Sep 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c staff (February 6, 2011). "‘Witness Insecurity’ slated as spotlight film for this year’s Modern Film Fest". Salisbury Post. Archived from the original on 23 Apr 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Fisher, Hugh (June 1, 2010). "Lights, camera, action". Salisbury Post. p. 4. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  9. ^ staff (September 15, 2011). "Several filmmakers to speak at film festival". The Herald Weekly. Retrieved April 2, 2012. [dead link]

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