I made TAKEN IN with the last shot in mind. My aim was to illustrate the non-sentimental power of a man holding hands with his teenage daughter…each accepting and caring for the other.
I shot the film in five days with a crew of four at South of the Border in Dillon, SC (USA). Much of the blocking and dialogue was improvised from a story outline written with my wife Emily. The first act of the film plays in near silence. I want to bring my audience into this broken, lonely relationship in a subtle way, not frustrate them…though I know that the slow pace may, indeed, frustrate some viewers.
TAKEN IN was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family.
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2012 Charleston Film Festival, 2012 Indie Grits Film Festival
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