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Film review: Skinhead Requiem

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Skinhead Requiem Short Film

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Skinhead Requiem is a well-produced, professional quality short film that leaves a strong impression, both visually and emotionally. Skinhead Requiem chronicles a priest with a past visiting an anger-filled skinhead convict on death row in an attempt to make final absolution. But to the audience's surprise, the absolution is not what you expect.

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The making of the film is as fascinating as the actual short. To play the role of a skinhead death row inmate, director-writer-producer and actor Jason Victor Everett put on 27 pounds by taking steroids, donned a bald cap, had fake tattoos applied over his entire body, and put red contacts in his eyes to mimic sclera tattoos. The transformation is both frightening and acute, and so is the interaction on screen. Jason’s greatest coup was casting the compelling and complex Tom Noonan (Manhunter, The X-Files, Heat, Hell on Wheels) in the role of the priest. The majority of the screen time involves the priest conversing with the silently combative skinhead, relating an anecdotal tale that highlights how familial patterns get repeated, for better—and in this case—for worse.

Christians believe and read in the Bible about sin, justice, and its consequences, but we often do not like to see its actual implementation. Skinhead Requiem shows the consequences of the sins of the father, how choices can lead you down one road or another, and how forgiveness and reconciliation are not two sides of the same coin, but two different choices that can integrate or separate. This film shows that some make neither choice, and thereby seal their fate.

Skinhead Requiem has been a featured short in several festivals, including the L.A. Shorts Fest, Los Angeles' Dances with Films Festival, Pasadena's Action on Film Festival, the Canadian Zero Film Festival, and the Arizona International Film Festival. The film will complete its festival run at the 12th annual Miami Short Film Festival in November.

You can view Skinhead Requiem for FREE through this Vimeo link or by visiting the Skinhead Requiem website. To learn more about Jason Victor Everett and his cinematic work, visit his website.

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