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Pro-life 'First Do No Harm' making the film festival circuit

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Written and directed by Mark Cochran, “First Do No Harm” takes a look at two separate days in the life of school janitor, Jesus Torres (Kenny Santiago Marrero), which forever alters his life and the lives of those around him. The movie opens on the last day of school when a gunman begins a killing rampage that takes the lives of several people, and wounds a pregnant teacher. Jesus is brought face-to-face with the man in one of the classrooms, and he pleads for the lives of the others. Although he is called a hero for his actions, Jesus feels anyone would have done the same to protect the life of another. A few months later, he walks into an abortion clinic simply to wash his hands following changing a tire, but overhears a conversation that has a profound effect on him. Torres is struck by a realization regarding the similarities of the indifference toward human life held by the abortion industry and the school shooter. An ethical question arises that will cause to viewer to examine personal views on the sanctity of life.

"First Do No Harm" won "Best Short Film" at the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival in Detroit, Michigan, and was awarded "Best Short Film" and the "Chairman's Award Best of Festival" at the Mount Dora Family Film Festival in Mt. Dora, Florida. It was recently announced that the film has been nominated for three awards (Best Screenplay - Mark Cochran, Best Cinematography - Justin Berrios, and Best Sound - Chris Petri-Giacometti & Tyler Wade) for the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival Short Film Contest in Orlando, Florida in July. The film is also an official selection for Kingdomwood Film Festival in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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