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13 Bullets

It's high noon in the hot south-western red-rock desert.
An aging outlaw, several years on the run from his criminal ties, has gotten careless... and the mob never forgets.

Set in modern times, this Western-Crime short takes place in a run-down diner in the middle of nowhere, with its trusty line cook, a new waitress, and a young family just passing through to god-knows where. The outlaw just wants to drink his coffee and eat his soufflé in his favorite booth. But when the mob rears its ugly head, an otherwise boring desert diner becomes the scene of a shoot-out that leaves only one survivor.

  • Richard Dutcher
    God's Army, States of Grace, Brigham City, Falling, Evil Angel
  • Tashina Rose Walking Eagle
  • Brian Sheets
  • Sohrab Mirmont
    The Beautiful Wind, Blue Door, The Freemason, SnappyDick
  • Richard Dutcher
    Key Cast
    "Wild Bill"
    Girl Crazy, God's Army, Brigham City, Falling, The Freemason, The Boys At The Bar
  • Cate Allen
    Key Cast
    Secondhand Hearts, Adopting Trouble, Down the Hole, All Aboard for Murder, Black Blood
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    Western, Crime
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Richard Dutcher, Tashina Rose Walking Eagle

Few if any independent filmmakers are as truly independent as Richard Dutcher. From his first feature, Girl Crazy (1997), to his latest, Falling (2007), Dutcher's remarkable versatility has been on display as writer, director, editor, and frequently lead actor. In the spirit of Francis Ford Coppola, who said, "If you don't control distribution, you're dead," Dutcher launched his own film distribution company in 1999. His Main Street Movie Company owns distribution rights to each of his five films and has successfully distributed them theatrically, on DVD, on television and in foreign markets.

Though perhaps best known as "The Father of Mormon Cinema" because of his early Mormon-themed films, he left the church in 2007 over theological differences. Some critics have noted that the progressive complexity of his films, from the acclaimed murder mystery Brigham City through the gritty urban drama States of Grace, seem to reflect his own journey toward a more universalistic world view. Today Dutcher, praised as "a wunderkind of truly terrifying potential" by Michael Medved, is unaffiliated with any religion. He is wrapping up post-production on an action/horror film, Evil Angel, which stars Dutcher and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible).

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Director Statement

['13 BULLETS'] is the first script - other than my own - that I've wanted to make in several years. It's sharp, dramatic, and powerful. Audiences won't be able to forget it.