Private Project

Pardoned Souls

Pardoned Souls reminds us that looks can be deceiving and takes us through the childhood conflict in two young girl’s lives. One is an obvious ill-tempered bully. One a seemingly meek and docile pushover. It makes us look closer and listen harder. Its infectious sense of inner strength makes us find our own inner strength regardless of circumstances. We see a woman take a childhood lesson and grow into a person who stands for what is right and just, regardless of past mistakes. We see forgiveness, one of the hardest emotions there is to give and bestow upon ourselves. We see it bloom because of one little girl.

  • Calvin Standifer
    Director
  • Lisa Hargrove
    Writer
  • Calvin Standifer
    Writer
  • Lisa Hargrove
    Producer
  • Calvin Standifer
    Producer
  • Lisa Hargrove
    Key Cast
    "Lisa"
  • Heavenlee Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Megan"
  • Jayla Thomas
    Key Cast
    "Young Lisa"
  • Riley Standifer
    Key Cast
    "Lisa's Daughter Megan"
  • Albert Gay
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Brooks"
  • Linda Barnes-Caldwell
    Key Cast
    "Judge"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Calvin Standifer

Calvin Standifer was born July 28, 1976, in Gary, Indiana. During Operation Desert Storm he enlisted into the US Navy and served 3 years. Upon his return, he became a US Postal Employee in addition to opening and engineering a small recording studio. After years of a void not being fulfilled Calvin decided to leave a career as a government employee. He became a full-time student at Columbia College Chicago, studying television, and film.
Not wasting any time, Calvin began capturing backstage footage for various promoters, and venues. He also discovered that he had a gift for direction when he began directing music videos for local hip-hop artists. During his sophomore year at Columbia College, he was presented with the opportunity to direct a short film, “The Immigrant”. This film received accolades for Best Short Film in the 2008 International Panafrican Film Festival, in Cannes France.
The following year Calvin then went on to start his own production company, Run Horse Run Entertainment while still shooting music videos and short films. Later having the opportunity to work with one of his idols, director Spike Lee, on the Great Michael Jacksons, last music video, “This is it.” He is currently in the pre-production stages of his first full feature film, Ms. Buckingham, and working as the Production Engineer for the city of Gary.

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