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Judas Kiss (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 1 April 2011 (USA)
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A quirk in time and space gives a failed filmmaker the chance to reshape his destiny when he visits his peculiar alma mater.

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J.T. Tepnapa

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Carlos Pedraza, J.T. Tepnapa (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Richard Harmon ... Danny Reyes
Genevieve Buechner ... Samantha
Sean Paul Lockhart ... Chris Wachowsky
Charlie David ... Zachary Wells
Julia Morizawa ... Abbey Park
Brian Sutherland ... Shocked Bathroom User
Dennis Bateman ... Jude's Father
Timo Descamps Timo Descamps ... Shane Lyons
Ronee Collins ... Kimberly Reyes
Julian LeBlanc ... Nate
Laura Kenny Laura Kenny ... Mrs. Blossom
Vince Valenzuela Vince Valenzuela ... Daniel Reyes Sr.
Demetrius Sager ... Handsome Shower Guy
Tim Foutch ... Tommy
Ron Boyd ... Ralph Garlington
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Failed filmmaker Zachary Wells is convinced by his best friend and hotshot director Topher into replacing him as a judge in their film school's annual festival. Zach's one-night stand with a student backfires when that student walks into an interview the next morning calling himself Danny Reyes, the name Zach went by when he attended the school. And Danny's film, "Judas Kiss," is a finalist in the competition Zach is judging. Zach's film, also "Judas Kiss," won the festival years before. As Zach scrambles for answers, a mysterious, chain-smoking campus tour guide, counsels him: "Change the kid's past, change your future." But how? Zach comes to believe he can mend his life by disqualifying Danny from competition, putting him on a different path than Zach followed. But will Zach's plan work? Written by Carlos Pedraza

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If you had a second chance, would you grab it?

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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1 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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$320,000 (estimated)
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Keystone Summit University is actually the campus of the University of Washington. See more »

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Chris Wachowsky: You think you're Shane's first bitch?
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Following the "All persons fictitious disclaimer" i.e. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Even so, we think you should get off your ass and follow your own dream. And by ass we don't mean to imply that you are fat. That would make us bitches. See more »

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Trompe l'oeil
13 November 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

JUDAS KISS is a polished little film that successfully mixes gay issues with science fiction. Written (with Carlos Pedraza) and directed by young J.T. Tepnapa it manages to take a dream idea and by incorporating the use of sci-fi create a story with which almost everyone can relate. It introduces some fresh talent and allows some seasoned actors to keep the quality of the film on keel.

Zachary Well (Charlie David) is a failed filmmaker who despite a promising career in college left school to respond to the magnet of Hollywood: fifteen years later his life now is in and out of rehab and waiting tables because his dream of fame in la-la-land didn't happen. Zach's friend Topher (Troy Fischnaller) is successful and when an emergency trip arises he asks Zach to replace him as a judge for the filmmaking class at Zach's old college. With great trepidation Zach goes back to his alma mater, is housed in the freshman dorm, visits the local gay bar and has an encounter with a student - one Danny Reyes (Richard Harmon). The next day as Zach is preparing for the judging he discovers the name of his previous night's encounter and cannot believe that Danny Reyes not only has Zach's previous name but also is a contestant in the film contest with a film by the same name that Zach had written and made 15 years ago. Other characters enter the scene - Chris (Sean Paul Lockhart) who is Danny's paramour but who Danny is rejecting in favor of Shane (Timo Descamps) whose parents are wealthy and are supporting the film contest; Abbey (Julia Morizawa) who is Danny's assistant; and Danny's father (Vince Valensuela). The bizarre aspect of this is that Danny Reyes not only possess Zach's name but also Danny's life and associations mirror Zach's when he was in college. Characters form the past and imaginary situations occur and Zach sees in Danny the opportunity to make the result of the film contest different and thus alter the destiny of Danny Reyes.

The story makes sense as a campus story but the interesting aspect of the film is the clever way in which elements of science fiction (via camera work and music and Trompe l'oeil) bring the story to a level of reconsidering the past and seeing where different actions could have possibly resulted in a more successful present. It works and bodes well for the career of JT Tepnada.

Grady Harp


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