Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Fenced Off Debuts at Cincinnati Film Festival
Before I go on, I must make a full disclosure. I shot the behind-the scenes footage and interviews for the film. Also, most of the people who worked on the movie are my personal friends. With that said, Fenced Off is an amazing film, considering it was shot in just 12 days with a budget of under $13,000. That’s quite an accomplishment.
But the miracle is - Fenced Off is a totally watchable film. It’s a testament to the hard work of writer/director, Brad Wise, and assistant director/writer, Isaac Stambaugh. I’ve seen films with significantly higher budgets that cannot compete with Fenced Off. Hats off to Jim Heartman, who composed the sound track for the film. His soundtrack absolutely made the movie. Most low-budget features suffer in sound quality and usable audio. Thanks to sound mixer Ryan Putz, this is not an issue with Fenced Off. Dialogue is clean and totally understandable and in a word, impressive. Shot composition and cinematography are well within acceptable standards of motion picture production.
The story itself is based on true events and is an excellent premise for a feature film. Fenced Off dives into perceived and imaginary racial prejudice. Without giving too much of the story away, Josh, played by New York actor, Joshua Zirger, is a twenty something idealist social worker who moves into a predominately African American community. George (Reggie Willis) is the 50 something recently retired next door neighbor who is giving Josh the cold shoulder.
Although Fenced Off features mostly unknown actors, they do an outstanding job of portraying their characters, especially Reggie Willis. Great casting and directing also adds to the overall entertainment value.