Private Project

The Preacher

A pastor of a small southern church must find the strength to continue his purpose when the world around him seems to be crashing down.

  • Jaron Lockridge
    Betray, Hongo
  • Jaron Lockridge
    Betray, Hongo
  • Jaron Lockridge
    Betray, Hongo
  • Keith Johnson
    Key Cast
    21 Grams,
  • Fatima Gray
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Memphis Film Prize
    United States
    August 4, 2017
    Memphis Premiere
Director Biography - Jaron Lockridge

In 2001 at age 15 , Jaron Lockridge became interested in film while attending a high school drama class in his hometown of Bolivar, Tennessee. After performing in the school's Christmas play that winter, Jaron decided to write his first stageplay which is still currently being performed at his high school by theater students. In 2009, Jaron wrote, filmed and directed his first short film titled "Hard Man County" which was approximately 40 minutes long. The cast consisted of friends with no experience and was filmed using a Canon GL-1 he purchased from a pawn shop. Jaron had to place his dreams of pursuing film temporarily on hold due to personal issues, but his obsession with movies continued. In 2015, Jaron began production on a featurette "Betray" and quickly casted the film with local talent. With a mere $1000 budget, Jaron rented camera equipment, bought props and rented a location to get his plan in motion. With only a 4 day window, Betray was completed and Jaron saw his dream of filmmaking move forward. A self proclaimed "Guerilla Filmmaker", Jaron considers making quality films with minimal resources his specialty.

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Director Statement

This film is a personal story that digs deeper into a man of faith than what appears on the surface. Being the nephew of a pastor, I realized some of the trials and tribulations he dealt with and how he continued to move in his purpose. I felt it was a story that needed to be told and wanted to dig deeper into the man behind the podium. No matter how you feel about religion, if you believe there is a god or not, this story is about purpose. As I feel my purpose as a filmmaker is to tell stories, I set out with zero money, a cast of friends and the little equipment I owned to tell this story. Everyone has a purpose and although life comes with it's share of stumbling blocks, we all must find the strength to continue our purpose or calling. Somehow or another everyone should be able to relate to "The Preacher".