“Broken,” a short indie film shot last fall in King George County and Colonial Beach, will première at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival on Feb. 24.
The film, which was written and produced by Dale City native La Trycee Fowler, examines the aftermath of a church shooting similar to the one carried out by a white supremacist at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015.
Fowler wrote the script as a way to help herself process that event. She became familiar with King George after her parents bought a home there and chose to make the film in the county and surrounding area.
Little Ark Baptist Church, a private home, a beach area near the Potomac River Bridge, King George High School and a Colonial Beach auto body shop all appear as locations in the film.
Completing the film was a labor of love for the cast and crew, Fowler said.
“The crew did receive a little bit of payment but the actors are hanging tight through the festival circuit,” she said.
She and the film’s director, Fredgy Noël, reached out to friends to help them with the post-production work.
“They believed in the project and came on board,” Fowler said.
They completed editing and post-production on Oct. 31 and began submitting “Broken” to film festivals. It was selected for the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival—which has screened several award-winning films, notably last year’s Academy Award-winning “Manchester by the Sea”—and is in consideration for about 50 more, Fowler said.
“The festival circuit is typically about a year and it means exposure,” she said. “So now thousands and potentially hundreds of thousands of people will see the product.”
Fowler hopes the exposure will lead to a feature-length film or television mini-series based on the short film.
“It’s all about getting that exposure and hoping someone sees the additional potential in it,” she said. “We’d love to do a series that takes you through the lives of the characters and expands on that ripple effect of decisions and choices.”
Fowler said there will be a private screening of the film at Little Ark Baptist Church for the congregation, which appears in the film, and local sponsors and donors. During the festival, it will be screened at the LA LIVE/Staples Center.