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During a school shooting six teens hide inside the library, but it turns out that one of them is the shooter.

  • Jean-Pierre Marchant
    Walking to Save-On, Snake Alley, The Hitch-Hiker, Visions Of An Imperfect Mind
  • Thorsten Nesch
    Snake Alley (short), The Drone Pilot (novel), The Cruise With the Ashes of my Damn Father (novel), The Drunk You is You (short)
  • Tiara Adams
    Director of Photography
    The Hitch-Hiker, Visions Of An Imperfect Mind, Help Wanted
  • Erin Mick
    Key Cast
  • Griffin Cork
    Key Cast
  • Phillip Lewitski
    Key Cast
  • Conner Christmas
    Key Cast
  • Chris Schuler
    Key Cast
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    Drama, Thriller, Young Adult
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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Director Biography - Jean-Pierre Marchant

Jean-Pierre Marchant is a filmmaker with several award-winning films under his belt including "Walking To Save On," "The Hitch-Hiker," and "Visions Of An Imperfect Mind". "Lockdown" is his sixth film.

Jean-Pierre's free time is spent talking about, watching, and producing movies. He admires the works of Guy Maddin, Deco Dawson, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Yasujiro Ozu, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Bela Tarr, and David Lynch. He currently lives in Lethbridge (pop. 80k) with his partner and their cat.

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Director Statement

Lockdown was originally written in German as a draft treatment for a feature film by my creative collaborator Thorsten Nesch. He was unable to find people to make the film so he adapted the feature into a radio play. Given the positive feedback he received from the play he continued to try to find collaborators to make the feature film a reality. I met Thorsten in 2015 and was immediately struck by the social relevance of his story; we hear of shootings in American schools nearly every few weeks, while here in Canada we have had our own doses of tragedy at such places at Taber, La Loche, York University, and many other places. I sincerely felt that this was a film that needed to be made and immediately agreed to work with Thorsten to produce this short film as a preliminary to producing a feature-length film.

At first glance, "Lockdown" is simply a story about five high school students who barricade themselves in a library during a shooting at their school. By placing our characters, rather than the shooting itself at the centre of the action, however, we were able to highlight the more interesting themes of gun culture, sexism, race, violence, and identity amongst young adults in a situation of crisis.

We hope you enjoy our short film. We are currently in the early stages of planning to secure funding to produce the feature length version of this story and are looking for financial and distribution partners. If this project is of interest to you please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank-you and stay tuned for more!