THE RED GOODNIGHT
A NEW FEATURE – COMING IN 2017
Freddy (Nick Zibro), is an aspiring boxer trying to make it in the big city. He is drawn into the circle of entertainment impresario Juan Angel Solarte a.k.a. Johnny Angel (Joseph C. Reyes), whose associate Z teaches him that success cannot be won without compromise. However, Delia (Mitzi Peirone), Johnny's girlfriend, also has her own agenda for Freddy. Everyone wants a piece of him for their own advantage, and Freddy's good-natured passivity and eagerness to please prove to be tragically incompatible with life in the big city. Drawn into a world of seduction and violence, Freddy soon finds his mind unraveling and his life out of control.
After inadvertently committing a horrendous act, Freddy must face the guilt from what he has done, and is desperate to hide his actions from his lovely and kind neighbor Jill (Ana Ribeiro). But those whom he once trusted have become dangerous adversaries in the blink of an eye. With nowhere left to turn, the forces of darkness are closing in and Freddy must find the way out of this labyrinth of his own making.
Running time est. 80 min., black and white. Written and directed by John C. Koch. Visit the film's website here.
"Let’s just say there’s a mountain, and I ain’t seen all of the mountain but I know it’s big, and I know there’s parts of it that I don’t want to know about. But when he needs me, I come through and I don’t ask questions."
— Z, from The Red Goodnight
A NEW SHORT – COMING IN 2017
An American woman turns home-grown jihadist after joining a small radical Islamic terror cell outside of New York City. She has a meticulously thought-out plan to bomb Times Square and a single-minded determination to see it through at all costs.
Beneath the surface of ideological extremism, racial hatred and tribal conflict, there lies something deeper, something ancient; a deep-seeded compulsion that imbues a certain few with the urge to slaughter their fellow humans. But ideologies merely serve as a conduit and radical Islamic terror is just another manifestation. Call it death drive, call it demonic, call it psychosis or the influence of the primordial lizard brain, or perhaps even a will to power, the urge to kill and destroy is as old as humanity itself.
As New Yorkers we often ask ourselves which train or route to take home based on which is a less likely terror target. This film depicts the actions of individuals who are attempting to make one of our worst nightmares a reality. It is an unflinching story of clashing cultures that will inspire much further thought and debate. Part psychological study, part noir fever-dream, Jihadi Jane explores evil at its root.
Featuring Nadia Kiyatkina, Ara Woland, Jacqueline Real and Mauricio Pita. Running time 10 min., b/w. Produced, Written and Directed by John C. Koch.
"I am the spirit that negates. And rightly so! What has arisen from the void deserves to be annihilated...The bodies mill about, Light beautifies the bodies, yet bodies have forever blocked its way—and so I hope it won’t be long before all bodies are annihilated."
— Mephisto, from Goethe's "Faust"
A NEW SHORT – COMING IN 2016
Sofia is in an art class and her father comes to pick her up. He has some important news to tell her, that his long unemployment is over, and that he has accepted a job out-of-state. But at seven years old, he knows he must find a way to break the news gently. He brings her to the zoo, treats her to ice cream and a night of sightseeing. Unfortunately all the child knows is that her father will no longer be in her life, and she doesn't have the perspective to know what that will ultimately mean for her.
Her father has joint custody with his child's mother, and Sofia picks up on the bitter conflict between the estranged couple as she overhears a phone conversation that is none too artfully concealed, The father attempts to break the news of his imminent departure to his ex-wife and knows the burden it will place on her.
A child of seven may not have a fully developed brain, but children, hear, see and understand things instinctually in a way that is often overlooked, especially when it comes to the anxiety based around the continued presence or potential non-presence of the parent.
Running time 16 min., color. Written and directed by John C. Koch. Featuring Sofia Murnion, Brian Murnion and Nancy Walsh. Co-produced with Chute Media, Billings, Montana. This short is part two of the Winter Solstice trilogy.
A NEW SHORT – COMING IN 2016
Carissa, a Los Angeles transplant, traverses the western plains as she returns home to rural Montana with her new fiancé, Steve. She has not been back for several years, and she has made a successful new life for herself in her new home. They are making the trip to spend Christmas with her ailing father at his remote ranch, where he is the last family member remaining. The family has just received some shocking news that puts an end to a decades old mystery. The revelation has been too much for her father to bear and he has suffered a stroke.
The family has coped with its share of tragedy through the years, and Carissa must come to terms with the painful memories of the past as she tries to comfort her father. On the precipice of a new life, the pain of her youth is finally receding, but not without a cost.
This short is the first part of a Winter Solstice trilogy. Part II is now in post-production and Part III will shoot in December 2016.
Running time est. 20 min., color. Written and directed by John C. Koch. Co-produced with Chute Media, Billings, Montana. Cinematography by Jim Abel.
"Every day for nearly 20 years they expected the phone to ring and have it be Jackie saying she was okay."
— Carissa from Winter Solstice