Artist bio

I am a filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. I've been making films for about six years and have a bachelor of arts degree in filmmaking from The Art Institute of Charlotte. I work in all areas of production and have worked on numerous shorts and two features. Andrew Huggins - Andrew is a filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He's been making films for about six years and is always learning and growing in regards to the craft. He graduated from The Art Institute of Charlotte in 2013. Patience Jonai - Patience has acted in various theater productions and loves to perform. She's seven years old, and Armor was her first film production. Karen Abercrombie - Karen has been acting since the nineties and has appeared in dozens of films and television projects. She consistently honors the Lord with her characters and is currently in production on a feature that she wrote, stars in, and is directing called Just Grace. Kiefer Andrew - Kiefer graduated from The Art Institute of Charlotte in 2014 and is constantly working on film and video projects around the country. Armor is the last project he worked on before moving to Los Angeles. Justin Stewart - Justin has worked in the film industry for two years and has quickly built a strong resume of narrative and freelance film projects. Deemed the Swiss Army Knife of crew members, he specializes in just about every department on set.





Artist Statement

Fortress is about loss and faith. When we lose all that we care about as humans, where can we turn, spiritually, to continue to survive our time on Earth? This is the fourth faith-based short film that I've made and is a bit experimental. For me, the nature of my spirituality often times feels that way. With Fortress, I attempted to depict the internal struggle involved in accepting that things are out of our control sometimes. However, with eyes on the Word of God, there is always hope.

How it fits into contest

In the film, a man deals with the loss of his wife. Before she passes, she urges him to look to the Bible and put on the Armor of God. If he maintains the faith, he'll be spiritually fit to live out his life for God until he can see her again in Heaven.


Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor - Andrew Huggins
First Assistant Camera - Jonathan Smathers (Jonathan helped with everything related to camera. He operated the gimbal and supervised lens changes.)
Production Assistant/BTS Photographer - Jordan Ellis (Jordan helped move equipment and took behind the scenes pictures)
Jeremy Steven Carr - Lead Actor (Jeremy is a part-time minister. He helped me with props and conceptualization.)
Dana McBride - Lead Actress - (Dana supervised her own wardrobe and make-up in addition to acting.)

Transcript / Lyrics


For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the cosmic power over this present darkness. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth. The breastplate of righteousness. The gospel of peace. Take up the shield of faith. The helmet of salvation.


Honey, we gotta go! We're gonna be late!
When I'm gone, you will have peace.
I can't live without you.
Be bold. proclaim the truth. Live with Him until you see me again. The sword of the spirit.

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