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Film Courage Screening ft. SANTIAGO, THE TERRAIN and EN PASSANT 1-30-12 Los Angeles

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Film Courage Screening ft. SANTIAGO, THE TERRAIN and EN PASSANT 1-30-12 Los Angeles

The 24th Film Courage Interactive with David Branin and Karen Worden presents the LA premiere of the feature film SANTIAGO (Felix Martiz), plus shorts THE TERRAIN (Brian Durkin) and EN PASSANT (Craig Wilson).  SANTIAGO, THE TERRAIN and EN PASSANT will screen on Monday, January 30th, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  at The Downtown Independent, located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Tickets are $12 at the door and online. Director/cast Q & A to follow.

About Santiago:

Written/Directed by Felix Martiz. Produced by Daniel Woltosz

Santiago stars Romina Peniche, Jorge Espinoza, Jesus Guevara, Wesam Keesh, Dan Lopecci, and more.

Synopsis for Santiago:

Eager and naive, film student Billy (Wesam Keesh) trustingly takes on as cameraman for Miguel (Dan Lopecci), who has arranged to follow Santiago (Jesus Guevara), a notorious pimp and drug dealer, as a character study. The adrenaline-rushed adventures captured through the lens obscures the grim reality of the crime world Billy witnesses and celebrates alongside Santiago and his gang, all the while Miguel is not so easily swayed. Is he not charmed by Santiago as we all are, or does he know more than he leads on?

The Terrain:

Written/Directed by Brian Durkin

The film was produced by Brian Durkin, Todd Cattell,  Vivian Lee, and Matthew Blanco.  It stars Todd Cattell (Walker Texas Ranger, Justified), Marissa Petroro (Deal or No Deal, Desperate Housewives), Brian Durkin (Criminal Minds/Days of Our Lives), Brian Burnett (NCIS/CSI: Miami), Sarena Khan (The Treasure of the Black Jaguar/Wilde Salome), and Chris Stanley (Mad Men/In Plain Sight).

Synopsis for The Terrain:

After returning from war, two soldiers are recruited into a covert mission in Los Angeles and must decide how much of themselves they will leave on this new battlefield.

En Passant:

Written/Directed by Craig Wilson

A once tight knit group of friends, scarred by an accident that ended in death, perform a seance designed for forgiveness. The ritual opens a pathway that crosses over into the supernatural.

For more on the screening of SANTIAGO, and for the descriptions of THE TERRAIN and EN PASSANT, please visit:

We hope to see you on Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.!