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A Fistful of Lead

20 years after a ruthless bandit murders his parents in cold blood, Jesse Morgan, an orphan turned bounty hunter, seeks vengeance on the one behind it all.

  • Dempsey Lee Birmingham III
  • Dempsey Lee Birmingham III
  • Mario Norvil
  • Jerome Bowers
    Key Cast
    "Jesse Morgan"
  • Corey Reeves
    Key Cast
    "Dallas Clyde"
  • Parker Nicely
    Key Cast
    "Jack Clyde"
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Southeastern University
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    United States
    November 26, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Triangle North Carolina Film Festival
    Triangle, North Carolina
    United States
    Best Student Film and Best Thriller
  • Best Shorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    Award of Recognition
  • Central Florida Film Festival
    Mount Dora, Florida
    United States
    January 22, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Southeastern Fire Film Festival
    Lakeland, Florida
    United States
    February 19, 2022
    Nominated: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Short, Best Actor X2, Best Editing. Awarded: Peoples Choice, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Thriller, Best Production Design
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, Alabama
    United States
    August 27, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Great Lakes Film Festival
    Buffalo, New York
    United States
    September 8, 2022
    Nominated: Best Cinematography, Best Director, Most Creative, Best Student Short,
Director Biography - Dempsey Lee Birmingham III

I’m a Florida resident and senior from Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida. I’m an Actor and Director with a love for story, film, and God. I plan on working on documentaries for National Geographic, continuing to work for Disney, and making many more movies, being on set, and perfecting my craft in the future.

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Director Statement

Hello, my name is Dempsey Birmingham. I am the creator, writer, and director of “A Fistful of Lead”. After more than a year of rewrites, thousands of dollars, days of being on set, and finally in post-production, I give to you my directorial debut. This film means more to me than any award or amount of money. This movie is a testament to human perseverance; it is a gritty, emotional story about vengeance, obsession, and eventually letting go of those things that rob us of our peace, our joy, and our fortitude. Like my main character Jesse Morgan, I hope that through this movie I can show others something I feel we all can add to our arsenal... mercy. Grace. And Compassion. I could not have made this incredible experience possible without my lovely crew, my donators, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thank you, and God Bless.
-Dempsey Lee Birmingham III