So, heresy. This is the one sin I can’t place in the Underworld, much less label a “sin”. I know, heresy against the church would get you sent to Hell. But ultimately, it’s just someone’s opinion or view on life. Therefore, when it came time to write this script – we were a bit stumped.
Anything goes today. You can say pretty much whatever you want on TV, at work, or at Thanksgiving dinner and no one will really be shocked – or burn you at the stake. (Thank god) Our beliefs are our own and we have a right to them. Others may not agree with us, they might whisper to one another that we’re heretics – but not in the Spanish Inquisition sense of the word. (Sadly, this is not currently true of all countries, but we’re an American film production, so we’re reflecting on our own experiences.)
What would be the most heretical thing you could say? It depends on who you’re saying it to and why. And THAT is where our Heresy began. The why.
This vignette stars Michelle Santagate (Brother & Sister), and Glenn Peters (Surrendering, TITANIA) as a Hollywood starlet being interviewed in the 1950’s. (note the fun vintage tv screen) To make our point, we decided to get historic, and have the actress drop a bomb during the interview that would have blown up all television sets back then – but not today. And then have her commit heresy on herself. How does one do that? You waiver in your beliefs.
Michelle and I talked for hours about how this sin is harmful. Words or beliefs will no longer get you killed or locked up, they might, at times, lose you a few friends – but heresy does it’s most damage when you are untrue to yourself. People fight for what they believe in, we’ve seen it with several movements in this country from the Revolutionary War to civil rights to women’s rights to immigration rights. And there’s nothing more heartbreaking than when someone gives up their fight. And why? What, in today’s world, do we really have to lose?
I think a lot of people will cheer halfway through this short, and then suck their breath in at the end. But I don’t know if it’s so much for the character Michelle plays, or for all the times we shrugged our shoulders and walked away.
What say you? What are you fighting for?
Official HELL Trailer can be seen HERE. HELL has it’s official premiere at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC on Oct. 9th.
To read about more of the Circles of HELL, Click HERE