Measure Sacrifice is set to be published in Volume 24 of The Journal of Short film, thejsf.org, in the first quarter of 2012.
From Arbor Avenue Films.
In a dystopian future America embroiled in an unending "war on terror," a young woman named Terry, haunted by an immutable past, faces an impossible decision that will forever change her uncertain future. "Measured Sacrifice" is a dramatic low-tech science fiction film that follows the story of a young woman named Terry who faces a desperate situation and an impossible decision in a dystopian future America embroiled in an unending "war on terror."
A young woman named Terry lives in poverty in a future America embroiled in an unending "war on terror." She faces an unplanned pregnancy, and must decide whether or not to enter a highly controversial government program that provides financial security for women in her situation. Entering the program will meet her financial needs but will put her at odds with everyone in her life and perhaps herself. Her journey toward a decision leads to an encounter with her estranged mother and causes Terry to face up to her haunted past and her uncertain future.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT from John Whitney:
“The idea for MEASURED SACRIFICE came to me after listening to a story on NPR regarding the enlistment trends of the US Military. The piece explained that the majority of the enlisted are from lower income communities and went on to argue that there is a disconnect between the powers in Washington, who are made up of the economic and intellectual elite, and those actually fighting our wars. I wanted to make a film that would examine that trend by asking what it would be like if wars were fought by people that had no connection to our society and the subsequent complacency the American people would have towards the war against terror.”
PRODUCER’S STATEMENT from Phil Garrett:
“With MEASURED SACRIFICE, our goal was to tell a relevant story that provokes questions while presenting an intimate, personal viewpoint and experience of a universal problem. As filmmakers, science fiction provides us the opportunity to craft a speculative narrative that can hold mirror up to the world, while providing a measure of distance from the issues for the audience. We hope that by setting our tale in a dystopian future, audiences will focus on the human condition presented in the film.”
"MEASURED SACRIFICE is an intense, powerful, important statement about how we try to come to terms with the out of control forces around us."
- Clay Lowe, WCBE's "It's Movie Time"
Dan Kiely, David Carroll, Kristina Kopf, Jennifer Ann Hickey, Charles Kocel, Renee Beall, Jon Osbeck
Written and Directed by John Whitney
Produced by Phil Garrett and John Whitney
Story by Phil Garrett and John Whitney
Associate Producers Chip Kocel and Frank Purtiman
Director of Photography Gil Whitney
Sound Design by Tim Dutton
Production Design by Leyna Haller
Visual Effects by Frank Purtiman
Music Score and Original Songs by Gretchen King
'08 Cowtown Film series
'08 Madlab Film Festival
'09 Athens international Film fest
’09 River Bend Film Festival
’09 Wexner Center Ohio Film Showcase
’09 Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival - Winner, best of show, best editing and best actor, Amanda Howell.
’09 Oxford (ohio) Film Festival - Nominated, Best Ohio Film.
’09 Geauga Film Festival - Winner, Shorts category.
’09 Indie Gathering - Winner, best short film (Family Drama)
Please go to IMDB for the rest of the cast and crew: