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Simone Cole is a young woman brutally raped and now fighting to find her way back to 'normal.' Detective Travillo descends on Simone intent on nabbing the mysterious serial killer murdering rapists. She has no intention of revealing the man who saved her life while the detective will stop at nothing to find the killer.

  • Dena Rivera
    Vigilante, Breaking News, Force
  • Dena Rivera
    Breaking News©, Force©
  • Caroline Josey Karoki
  • Adama Sow
  • Nia Miranda
    Key Cast
    Drop Dead Diva (2014)
  • John Emil D'Angelo
    Key Cast
    The Haves and the Have Nots,
  • Ryan Monolopolus
    Key Cast
    Operator (2015), Il Consigliere (2016)
  • David A. Cole
    Key Cast
    Maggie (2015), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
  • Laren Robertson
    Executive Producer/Cinematographer
    Do the Right Thing, The Have and Have Nots
  • Dena Rivera
    Executive Producer/Cinematographer
    Breaking News, Force
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    170,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International Black Film Festival
    Nashville, TN
    October 2, 2015
    Tennessee Premiere
    Audience Choice Award
  • Headline International Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    November 16, 2016
  • Wiper Film Festival
    New York, NY
    January 25, 2016
  • NewLife International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    February 20, 2016
Director Biography - Dena Rivera

Dena Rivera has an expansive and rich history of achievements in the entertainment industry. She has a passion for images that tell a story and is a hands-on director, taking an active role in writing, participating in edits and most major aspects of her film.

Dena has been making films for years. She has a growing library of original screenplays, both short and feature, as well as a novel.

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Director Statement

The first gem of a story idea for VIGILANTE came while viewing audition videos for another project. The intensity of an interaction between similar characters sparked the idea for a short examining the difficult yet telling scenario of choices amid crisis.

This situation is unfortunately one that many women face daily and our look into one woman’s ordeal and the resulting conflicts and choices is personal and worth sharing. These tribulations of life ripple outward and shape our future – sometimes in disastrous ways.