Journalist Exposes Police Corruption and Finds Himself a Target
Reeling from the brutal murder of his mother, Jake Stetson (Rane Jameson) uses a popular online presence to highlight nationwide police corruption and apathy. His blog and videos inspire the public to protect itself, leading to a rash of internal investigations of police departments across the country. Jake’s work also sparks a nation-wide vigilante movement calling itself “The Pioneers.” He eventually finds himself at the center of a media firestorm, as well as the focus of vengeful police officers. Wary that he may be in danger, Jake hides out with childhood friend Daniel (Leif Steinart), but discovers that even the meek Daniel is involved in a Pioneer group led by the charismatic Evan (Caleb Smith). Fascinated, Jake joins the vigilantes, but after expressing his disgust at the level of violent torture the Pioneers inflict on their captive criminals, Jake soon becomes their prime target.
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RANE JAMESON (“Jake”) Originally from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, Rane Jameson attended the Pennsylvania State University where he studied film and video production, focusing on screenwriting and editing. Upon graduation he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in front of the camera, which has grown to include many independent film projects, and numerous TV credits (NCSI, Baby Daddy, CSI: Cyber, CSI: NY, Suburgatory, The Young and the Restless, etc.)
With a handful of films currently making the festival circuit, and several others in post production and development, Rane tries to always stay busy. “I love collaborating with filmmakers in all stages of the process, and finding projects with great stories that say something and ones that seem challenging to be a part of in some way.” – Rane Jameson.
LEIF STEINART (“Daniel”) Leif studied acting in New York City at The Circle in the Square and the New School for Drama, where he earned his MFA. Some of his NYC Stage credits include: Macbeth (Macbeth), Hamlet (Laertes), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo). Film credits: Criminal Minds (CBS) Haloran Manor (NBC/UNIVERSAL), Leif is also a faculty member at Theatre of Arts College in Hollywood, CA.
SEVDJIE KASTRATI Sevdije is the first female cinematographer in her home country, Kosova. She lives in Los Angeles, CA and works between Los Angeles and Kosova. In 2009, she moved to Los Angeles to study Cinematography at the American Film Insitute, where she graduated in 2011. She has worked on numerous projects since 2001. Sevdije’s work includes documentary, shorts, TV Series, new media content and narrative feature films.
Her films have been screened at festivals, including, Sundance Film Festival, AFI Fest, Sarajevo Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and ZagrebDox. Her work has received recognition in her home country and abroad. Such as: in 2006, she won the Prize “Best Artistic Camera of the Year in Kosova”, for her film, RECRUITMENT. In 2012, her film “The Return” won Best International Short at Sundance Film Festival. Her thesis film at AFI “Unmanned.”