Private Project

Little Room for Justice (The Elevator)

An Army Ranger, suffering the emotional ravages of war, returns home upon tragic news that his wife and daughter were in a fatal accident. He seeks to avenge his loss on the attorney he holds responsible. A confrontation ensues in the law office elevator, and life or death for both men hangs in the balance. Can justice be satisfied?

  • Mark Hoffman
    The Choice (2012), Second Chance Nevada County (2014), The Yard Sale (2016), Computer Man (1969), A Dream of Reality ((1969)
  • Bertrand Younger Choice
    The Four Pennies
  • Mark Hoffman
    A Dream of Reality, Computer Man, The Choice, Stardust on the Path to Music Circus
  • Mark Hoffman
    Role of the POTUS Ball, Second Chance Nevada County, An Ignoble Caper
  • Gerald Davenport
    The Golden Tree, Petite Chardonnay, The Watering Hole, Paint
  • Josh Manzer
    Key Cast
  • Mark Hoffman
    Key Cast
    The Golden Tree (Sutter), Bloodline (2012-William), Band of Keepers (Hammer), 2025: Make America Purge Again (Tom), Spacewaves (Benson), Role of the POTUS Ball (Dir. Rhee), Somthing Inside is Broken (Sutter)
  • Marissa Lynn Jestice
    Key Cast
    "McNeal’s wife"
  • Jovie Joelle Carr
    Key Cast
  • Carolyn Christine Gregory
    Key Cast
  • Aaron Pena
    Key Cast
  • Austin Jansma
    Key Cast
  • Terry C. Morgan
    Key Cast
    "SWAT Officer 1"
  • David L. Schormann
    Key Cast
    "SWAT Officer 2"
  • Tyler McDanniel
    Key Cast
    "SWAT Officer 3"
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 9, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Life Fest Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    August 24, 2021
    Virtual Festival
    Best Dramatic Short & Best of Fest
  • Golden Shorts
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mark Hoffman

Mark Hoffman is a retired clinical psychologist who briefly ventured into film making during his sophomore year in college in 1969, using 8mm and 16mm cameras to film documentaries, and two short art films sans dialogue, which embodied psycho-social commentary of the times.
Late in his psychology career, after attending a short film festival sponsored by a local public access cable TV station, he decided to write a script for that same festival the next year, and directed the film, Stardust on the Path to Music Circus. Then, in 2012, he entered another contest, Life Fest Film Festival’s 5x5 Filmmakers’ Challenge. Written, cast, shot, and edited within 5 days per the contest rules, the film, The Choice, won honors for best actress, best use of the prescribed prop, best sound design, and best picture. Following that, he has teamed up with other local and visiting filmmakers in various capacities including actor, writer, cinematographer, sound recordist, UPM, AD, casting director, location and props manager for several short films, and some feature films.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker, my desire is to make movies that do more than just entertain, but which also elucidate the human condition, educate, and promote values and understandings that contribute to peaceful and loving civilization.
This film, Little Room for Justice (The Elevator), based upon a stage play by Bertrand Younger Choice, fit the bill.
I am grateful to the playwrite for his generous permission to produce this story as a motion picture. I am also grateful for the patience, endurance and willingness of my partners in bringing the project to fruition despite a minimal budget, and the many obstacles and delays, including the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic!