IN THE DEATHROOM
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Fletcher, a reporter from The New York Times, has been captured by members of a South American dictatorship and brought into a "deathroom" for interrogation. Based on the short story by Stephen King.
Director Biography - Nicole Jones-Dion
Writer/Director Nicole Jones-Dion was born on an Army base at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and grew up traveling the globe, living in places as diverse as Hawaii and Germany before her family finally settled down in Wilmington, NC. In school, Nicole excelled at creative writing and won the North Carolina Writer's Award for a full scholarship to Duke University, where she continued to study writing, along with History and Theology. After graduation, she did her own brief stint in the military before relocating to Los Angeles. Her passion for genre storytelling first led her to video games, then comic books, and eventually films.
The short story “In the Deathroom” first appeared in Stephen King’s 1999 audiobook collection Blood and Smoke.
Writing during the height of the El Salvador Civil War, I have no doubt Mr. King was inspired by the true life deaths of three American nuns who were murdered by the brutal government regime’s notorious death squads.
War is messy business in which moral and ethical lines can easily become blurred. In this film, I wanted to show the complex nature of the Salvadorean conflict as seen through the eyes of our two main characters, Fletcher and Escobar. These men are locked in a cat-and-mouse game of wits in which only one of them can leave the Deathroom alive.
The best villains are the heroes in their own stories. Each person inside the Deathroom is convinced of their own moral superiority. Escobar assumes that Fletcher is a rebel sympathizer because of some political or ideological view. As the story progresses, we learn that Fletcher’s true motivations run far deeper… and are far more personal.
The Salvadorean Civil War was over 20 years ago, yet it serves as a cautionary tale. Its residual effects are still being felt today, in the flood of refugees fleeing from the violence that continues to plague the region.
Here in the US, we are starting to witness firsthand the effects of foreign meddling in our own politics. We are watching the deep divisions that can be stirred up by outside forces. With each passing election cycle, that divide only seems to grow deeper.
Who knows how many Escobars are being created right now? Or how many Fletchers?
As Escobar says, “In the end, who wins? Not the people.”
- Nicole Jones-Dion DirectorSTASIS, SCARS
- Nicole Jones-Dion WriterSTASIS, TEKKEN 2
- Stephen King (story by) WriterIT, PET SEMATARY
- Nicole Jones-Dion ProducerSCARS
- James Moorer ProducerDEATHDATE
- Suzi Owen Scott ProducerSCARS
- Lenox Knight ProducerHUNTRESS vs THE WOLF
- Scott Bailey Key Cast“Fletcher”Timeless
- Mario Rocha Key Cast“Escobar”
- Andrew Bering Key Cast“Heinz”The Orville
- Lenox Knight Key Cast“The Woman”
- Michael Anthony Perez Key Cast“Ramon”
- Ron Sequeira Key Cast“Tomas”DEATHDATE