American Indie – Feature
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY, Mark Schmidt
USA / 2013 / 119 min / DCP / English
Inspired by a true story, WALKING WITH THE ENEMY follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young couple swept up in the terror of World War II. Regent Horthy (Ben Kingsley), leader of his country, is faced with ceding power to his enemies or witnessing the execution of his people. During this national crisis, a young hero, Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) emerges. Aided by the woman he loves, he confronts the enemy by becoming one of them. In a race against time to save his country, the Regent is forced to make difficult choices, while the couple embarks on a thrilling journey of love, courage, and sacrifice to save their families and thousands of others. This unforgettable film is sure to inspire and touch audiences.
After a private screening set up by the filmmakers for the FLIFF programmers, it was difficult to think of anything other than the film for hours in to the day. The acting from the leads through supporting to even the hundreds of nameless extras is spot on and certain to create an inddlible image on the viewer. The production is massive with locations, special effects, costumes, sets, and period props. And the accumulative effect that Mark Schmidt, Randy Williams and the rest of the production team is simply masterful and an excellent memorial to the brave citizens who stood against seemingly impossible odds to defy the Nazis.
Writers: Mark Schmidt, Kenny Golde, Randy Williams, D. Scott Trawick, Christopher Williams, Vaughn Bien III, Richard Lasser / Producers: Mark Schmidt, Randy Williams, D. Scott Trawick, Christopher Williams / Cinematographer: Dean Cundey / Production Designer: Christian Niculescu / Editors: Eric Beason, Richard Nord / Composer: Tim Williams / Sound Editor: Cameron Frankey / Principal Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Simon Kunz, Simon Dutton, Burn Gorman, Shane Taylor, William Hope / Contact: Randy Williams Liberty Studios email@example.com
THE DIRECTOR: Mark Schmidt is the Founder and President of Liberty Studios, Inc. in San Diego, California. WALKING WITH THE ENEMY is the premiere feature from Liberty, which will focus on bringing untold true stories to the big screen.
THE PRODUCER: WALKING WITH THE ENEMY marks Randy William’s first feature as a producer. He is a founding producer of Liberty Studios, Inc. After receiving his degree in Business Administration from San Diego State, Randy went on to study film marketing and distribution
SPECIAL SCREENING...Special Guests: Mark Schmidt, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Randy Williams, Dean Cudney, Tim Williams
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs Oct 18 - November 11, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Pompano Beach and on Grand Bahama Island. The fest moves to Saint Augustine January 16 - 19, 2014. There are over 200 films plus a galaxy of parties, cruises, and special events. Special guests include Ann-Margret, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Anna Paquin, Lea Thompson, Aphrodite Jones, Guy Harvey, Jonathan Bird, Pauly Cohen, William Grefe, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Michael Bolton. FLIFF is the Guiness World Record holder for longest in the world.