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The Unwilling

The Unwilling by Oscar nominee Jonathan Heap

Evil is inside

6 family members gather for the reading of a will. It comes with a mysterious box. Who will leave alive?

Starring David Lipper, Dina Meyer, Levy Tran, Austin Highsmith, Jake Thomas, Robert Rusler, Bree Williamson and  Lance Henrickson.  

USA 82 minutes I Supernatural Horror Thriller  I Sales by Vision Films I Festivals contact I Trailer I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Youtube I Soundtrack by Stephen Melillo I


Blackout Film Festival  Best picture, best director
Oregon Film Awards  Best narrative feature
Film Playoff Tournament Best film, best director, best actor David Lipper
Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy Best Effects 
The Indie Horror Film Festival Best actress Dina Meyer, best story
Houston WorldFest Gold Remi Award
Silver Scream Festival  Best horror feature                       
High Desert International Film Fest Best Feature Film
IIPMF Ancona Best CGI Best Supporting Actor Lance Henriksen and Best Horror Feature 
Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Best Horror Feature Film
Edmonton Festival of Fear Best Actor David Lipper
Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival Best Horror Feature Film
The British Horror Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for Lance Henricksen  
Tabloid Witch Awards Best Visual Effects


The Unwilling

Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
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Production year: 
February, 2017
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About the Director: 

Academy Award Nominated director JONATHAN HEAP has worked in Hollywood as a film director and producer for the past 25 years. He received an Oscar Nomination for his short film 12:01 PM when he was 28 and was a producer of the full length feature (12:01) that it inspired. Jonathan_Heap_The_Unwilling_MovieFrom there he developed scripts at RKO and Warner Bros until he directed his first feature Benefit of the Doubt for Miramax in 1993. Benefit of the Doubt starred Donald Sutherland and Amy Irving and set him on a path that embraced suspense and action. From there he went on to direct three features, the next one for NUmage with Eric Roberts and then two HBO premieres with Rob Lowe, Tom Skerritt and Stephen Baldwin. Concurrently Jonathan produced and directed an adventure reality show for syndication called Destination X and pursued his other love, the comedic adventure. He has shot and produced numerous satiric shorts, several of which have gone on to Funny or Die fame. Jonathan recently finished Plan B, one of several shorts he directed and produced with a grant from the Albert R. Broccoli Foundation. Plan B is a comedic romp about a control freak starring John Michael Higgins. Jonathan founded the nonprofit company Primary Purpose Productions with his partner Lowell Cauffiel to produce these shorts and create issue oriented and educational films to help those with substance abuse and recovery.

Film director: 
Jonathan Heap
About the Producer: 
<p>Producer Julia is respected as a leading independent Producer and member of the Entertainment Industry in Hollywood. Having produced over 31 critically acclaimed feature films to date. Julia founded her company, Rough Diamond Productions in 1995 and continues to be a leader in the Production space. Julia recently produced 2 Jacks and Born of War. As a consultant and expert in the space, Verdin speaks regularly on industry panels including, BAFTA LA, Women in Film, and many film festival panels. Verdin also wrote the popular filmmakers guide Success in Film. Last year Julia received the La Femme 2015 Executive Achievement Award, honouring her work in film and continued support for female filmmakers.&nbsp;</p>
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Cast 1: 
David Lipper
Cast 2: 
Dina Meyer
Cast 3: 
Lance Henriksen
Cast 4: 
Levy Tran
Cast 5: 
Lance Henriksen
Film synopsis: 
<p>David Harris is normal in almost every way, but has to fight through a crippling obsessive compulsive disorder, brought on by his abusive father during his childhood. His OCD forces him to repeat movements and phrases and confines him to the safety of his home. Following his father&rsquo;s death, David&rsquo; s estranged relatives arrive to hear the reading of the will in anticipation for their piece of the fortune. They are surprised by the delivery of a &ldquo;Lovecraft&rdquo; style antique box instead. The box takes hold of their inner most desires one by one and entices the dangerous behaviour that ensues. Will they last through the night or be wishing they never gave into temptation?</p>
Budget Range: 
Over $1 Million
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Awards received: 
<p><strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Best narrative feature Oregon Film Awards; Best feature film, horror, best director Blackout film festival, best film, best director International Film Playoff Tournament</strong></p>
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Sales/distribution name: 
Vision Films
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