How to Make a Successful Independent Feature on Your Own Terms: A Conversation with Julian Fort, Director of The Midnighters
The Midnighters wins the Jury prize for Best Feature at the San Francisco Indie Festival!
“A character actor for well over three decades, ample everyman Leon Russom finally gets a role worthy of his soulful on-screen prowess and in The Midnighters it’s a sight to be seen”
Leon Russom’s performance in The Midnighters has been selected as a Top 5 Performance of 2017 by Jason Coleman of Why So Blu? From the article: “A character actor for well over three decades, ample everyman Leon Russom finally gets a role worthy of his soulful on-screen prowess and in The Midnighters it’s a sight to be seen. Playing a retired safecracker out of prison that uses his ‘particular set of skills’ to save his son, Russom enlists equal parts emotion and expertise to create a complex man with serious back baggage who is forced to confront the demons in his past. A role he was born to play, Russom is the right man for the job.”
“Julian Fort and Leon Russom Pull Off The Ultimate Indie Heist”
“The story behind Julian Fort’s THE MIDNIGHTERS and his star Leon Russom is similar to the one inside the film. “It was almost like a movie father and son because he’s worked in business for so long,” says the writer-director, who crossed paths with Russom time and time again at a coffee shop. You may not know Russom’s name, but you’ve seen his work. With over 100 credits, including Prison Break, The Big Lebowski and the 2010 True Grit, Julian’s star has been in the business a long time…”
The Midnighters is an official selection of the Twin Cities Film Fest for 2017!