How to Make a Successful Independent Feature on Your Own Terms: A Conversation with Julian Fort, Director of The Midnighters
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.”
“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 has been selected to play the 2017 Naperville Independent Film Festival where it is nominated for best actor (Leon Russom) and best director (Julian Fort)
From MovieMaker Magazine, writer-director Julian Fort describes the unlikely events that led to making of The Midnighters
Ben Cahlamer of The Movie Revue has selected The Midnighters as a Top 10 Film of 2017 so far. Ben writes, “Infused with the essence of Michael Mann, the film holds no punches as we see the hardened Victor stuck at a crossroads. Peppered with amazing supporting characters, this film is a gem on the festival circuit and it’s only a matter of time before it gets picked up for distribution.”
“Even though Fort sets his film in the present, his well-crafted crime drama harkens back to gritty affairs from the 1970s…”
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