The Proposition

It's the year 1930. A newly divorced mother, Paula Webster, can't find a way to make ends meet. In the midst of the Great Depression, her lack of luck finding work leads a family friend, Jameson Hargrave, to approach her with a proposition. A man by the name of "Colonel" has just blown into town, and he is looking for a companion while he is there. Paula, a Sunday school teacher in practice and at heart, must battle with her morals and that of the city she lives in to make a decision that would come to define the next 40 years of her life. Based on a true story.

  • Todd Smith
  • Todd Smith
  • Jacob DelReal
  • Lauren Russell
    Key Cast
    "Paula Webster"
  • Peter Johnson
    Key Cast
    "Jameson Hargrave"
  • Dan Koetting
    Key Cast
    "The Colonel"
  • Janet Reyes
    1st Assistant Director
  • Sabrina Cranford
    Hair, Makeup, Costume and Production Design
  • Kevin Stanton
    Hair, Makeup, Costume and Production Design
  • Miguel Branas
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Todd Smith

Todd is an aspiring director and producer. This is one of his first pushes to explore the phenomenal experiences another person actually went through. Long term, he intends produce original content for television, working specifically with the genres of drama and comedy.

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Director Statement

With this film, I wanted to give the viewer a small taste into the World that Paula dealt with each and every day. Her story is an incredible one, conquering her adversity and finding her own success in life, despite all that life had stacked against her. I hope to one day bring her story in its entirety to the screen.