Profound indie filmmaking trio tackle child abuse in upcoming New York City thriller 'The Redeemer'

Jan 14, 2014, 09:00 ET from Danijela Jasprica

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Amy Morrison Williams, Danijela Jasprica and Danielle James are announcing they are now in development on "The Redeemer," a socially conscious independent feature film that's slated to shoot in New York City and release later this year.

Written and directed by Williams ("My Blood" and "The Morrison Project"), "The Redeemer" follows the interweaving stories of wildcard detective Sam Carter, the neighborhood savior, Una, who runs a nonprofit clinic to help homeless teens and impoverished families, Gabriel Kessler, a philosophy professor with a dark zeal who educates with unprecedented conviction, and Damaris, a Puerto Rican with a complex personality tucked behind her tough exterior.

When a group of snuff porn kingpins go on trial, the characters are brought together and find they have more in common than they'd ever imagined. Deadly secrets surface and a terrifying five-day killing spree erupts, but no one knows who is responsible. Sam and his partner, Joey, must track a killer in an adrenaline-fueled race to bring justice.

"These topics are hard to swallow," said Williams. "Because we avoid them, they continue to get worse. If I can bring a sense of validation and expose this evil, that alone brings some freedom for those who have suffered. I believe showing the brutal human struggle with these issues, emotionally and dramatically on the big screen will bring healing."

Jasprica is a German model-turned-producer with a busy production slate also including the feature films "Beyond the Moonwalk: A Dream to Dance" and "Boy 23." She's previously worked in production on "Croatian Idol," "Croatian Top Model" and "Croatian Dinner for Five." Jasprica helped produce a Herbalife Cosmetics commercial campaign and live events including regional beauty competitions in Croatia.

She says, "We are talking about every way of child abuse - beating, humiliation, sexual abuse, raping, kidnapping, children´s pornography and even murder. You have every year more like 300,000 minor children only in Germany who are abused. That means every two minutes one child is abused and the saddest part is only 16,000 have a police report."

James, renowned actress and producer of the forthcoming "Mother's Day" film starring Christina Ricci, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino, is producing and playing Lola in "The Redeemer."

Joining her are actors Sheryl Lee ("Winter's Bone), Falk Hentschel ("White House Down"), two-time Emmy winner Cady McClain ("Home Movie"), Angelica Page ("The Sixth Sense"), Mark Jeffrey Miller ("Cold Mountain") and Emmy nominee Jon Lindstrom ("Must Love Dogs"). Casting the remaining principal roles is ongoing.

"We already have some big sponsors like Volkswagen and Lexus," Jasprica said. "The thing is if you are telling this story through a film you can reach more people, adults, parents, children and young adults. With this, they will get the information in an entertaining way, not the way with turning on the news or reading newspapers. The problem is this topic is not so much in the news and newspapers like it would need to be."

Williams' Little Voice Films is behind the project and proceeds will go towards children's programs everywhere.

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