“JUDAS KISS”– some information about J.T. Tepnapa’s New Film

 

 

 

A quirk in time and space gives a failed filmmaker the
chance to reshape his destiny when he visits his peculiar alma
mater.
Judas Kiss is an offbeat contemporary drama
on a college campus alive with magical realism — a place where
you can grab a second chance at your future. Like Sliding Doors
and A Christmas Carol, it offers a window into a fresh destiny.
SYNOPSIS Film festival judge Zachary Wellsʼ handsome onenight
stand turns out to be a student competing for a scholarship
Zach must award. Mysteriously, Danny Reyesʼ entry has the
same title as Zach’s film that won the festival years before. Zach,
his own career in shambles, sees Danny making the same
mistakes he did. He decides to take matters into his own hands.
[62 words at this point. The extended synopsis continues below.]
As Zach scrambles for answers, a mysterious, chain-smoking
campus tour guide counsels him: “Change the kidʼs past, change
your future.” Zach sees Danny on the verge of making his same mistakes, beginning with
choosing wealthy Shane over Chris, the guy he truly loves.
Zach decides he can mend his life by getting Dannyʼs film disqualified, which prompts a
confrontation between Danny and his father about their familyʼs dark past.

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Directed by!………………………………………. J.T. Tepnapa
Produced by!…………………………………….. Carlos Pedraza
Co-producer!…………………………………….. Jody Wheeler
Written by!………………………………………… Carlos Pedraza
Story by!…………………………………………… J.T. Tepnapa
! Carlos Pedraza
Director of Photography!…………………….. David Berry
Production Design by !……………………….. Rodrigo De Medeiros
Visual Effects by!……………………………….. Joël Bellucci
Edited by!…………………………………………. Whitney Dunn
Sound Design by!………………………………. Ralph Miller
Original Music by!……………………………… Brad Anthony Laina
Costume Design by!………………………….. Anthony Tran

 

DIRECTORʼ S S TATEMENT
“Most men,” according to the poet Henry David Thoreau,
“lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the
song still in them.”
Five years ago, that was me.
I had a job that meant little, other than a paycheck. I hoped
for something more, yet I couldnʼt identify what it was. I just
knew I needed it. I pondered my goals: Why am I here? What
can I contribute? Where have I gone wrong?
You may want a new car. A better career. Love and affection.
So many things, yet most of us live in fear. “Quiet
desperation” comes from our desire to be more than we are,
but afraid of making actual change.
Those were the seeds for Judas Kiss I planted four years
ago. It was very personal to me — my own life was one of
quiet desperation. But as with any seed, my idea had to be
nurtured in order to grow. I had to share it. And then Judas
Kiss became much more.
I had already written and directed a handful of short films but
I really didnʼt know how to write a feature. I needed a partner.
I asked my friend and colleague, Carlos Pedraza, to help
flesh out the story and write Judas Kiss. Together, we began
a journey not only to create a film, but to reshape our lives.
Our film tells the story of a gay man forced to face up to his
troubled past after being confronted with the reality of a bleak
future. Judas Kiss gives a voice to anyone who struggles to
fulfill his or her dreams. Itʼs more than an LGBT story — it
explores what makes us human.
Carlos and I wanted to share our dream with friends, family
and fans. In these years, we cultivated a team of supporters
and talented filmmakers who came together to make this film
not only a success in the gay community, but for a wider
world of people who dream.
Just making Judas Kiss is a dream come true for many of us. It has changed the way we view
our lives. My hope is that this film will touch audiences as it has touched all the creative people
who came together to produce it. Donʼt leave this world with your song still in you.
— J.T. Tepnapa

 

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