Cost of a Soul


Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to their North Philadelphia slum neighborhood. Tommy returns home to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant. He meets his four-year-old daughter, Hope, for the first time, and she begins to melt his frozen heart. DD faces the pressure to save his younger brother, James, from becoming a victim of the streets. Meanwhile their oldest brother, Darnell, has risen to become the neighborhood kingpin. The two find themselves trapped in the same slums they joined the military to escape from. As they struggle to make their wrongs right, their own families become entangled in a web of crime and corruption so thick, murder becomes their only option.

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Kirkpatrick Talks ‘Cost of a Soul’

Every year, hundreds of independent filmmakers scrape together money to make their films, with hopes of getting into festivals, and bigger hopes of being picked up by a distributor. Sean Kirkpatrick is one of those filmmakers, who brought his directorial debut Cost of a Soul, to numerous film festivals, although he couldn't secure distribution. Fortunately, the AMC Theater chain held a contest entitled The Big Break Movie Contest, which Cost of a Soul won, earning exclusive distribution in AMC Theaters starting on May 20. I recently had the chance to chat with director Sean Kirkpatrick about his experience in making Cost of a Soul. Here's what he had to say.

I noticed you were a production assistant before becoming a director, and I remembered a story about Eli Roth, how he was a PA on Private Parts while he was writing Cabin Fever. Did you have a similar experience as a PA while you were writing this?

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Kerson Talks ‘Cost of a Soul’

Cost of a Soul star Chris Kerson talks about this powerful indie project, shooting in Philadelphia, working with director Sean Kirkpatrick, and much more.

Cost of a Soul is a movie most have likely not heard of, unless you were a regular on the festival circuit over the past few years. This drama, which centers on two Iraq War veterans who return to their hometown of North Philadelphia, and who both fall into troubling circumstances, played at the 2010 Hollywood Film Festival, 2010 Cinequest, 2011 Philadelphia Cinefest, where it won the Audience Award, and many others. Yet, despite all these rounds on the festival circuit, Cost of a Soul still hadn't been picked up by a distributor, until a unique opportunity came along. The AMC Theater chain announced The Big Break Movie Contest, which granted the winner distribution in 50 AMC theaters across the country. Cost of a Soul, which is the directorial debut of Sean Kirkpatrick, won that unique contest and will be released in theaters on May 20.

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