“After School” Indie Film Project Tackles Child Neglect & Child Abuse

 After School  Is About Serious Problems Children Confront Alone

After School

      Three People… Three Bullets!

Los Angeles, CA— Executive  Producers Mauricio Mendoza and Yeniffer Behrens are  set to start shooting there first feature film under their production company TRUE FORM FILMS INC,  After School,  written by Ruben Padilla on June 17, 2013 . The story follows a troubled young boy holding a terrifying secret… one he decides to take into his own hands.  It is up to a former teacher played by Mendoza to try to help him and make sense of the boy’s desperate situation.

After School,” said Mauricio Mendoza, “addresses issues of child neglect and child abuse. We plan on making a film that will help adults and children not  be afraid to communicate the truth no matter how dark .

After School  will be helmed by director Kenneth Castillo and stars Yeniffer Behrens, Adrian Moreira Behrens and  Mauricio Mendoza. They are awaiting a response from Lou Gossett Jr. representatives. Producers include Dwayne Cox and Carrie Specht.

The film has launched its own $50,000 three-month fund raising campaign similar to that of Indigogo or Kickstarter. To make donations, go to: http://www.theafterschoolfilm.com.  All donations will be tax-deductible through the non-profit organization Casa Hogar/Friends of el Faro 501(c)3 number 54-2190356/ an orphange in Tijuana, MX. The non-profit will receive 5% of the funds raised through this crowd funding for After School which is a great opportunity to make a difference in these children’s lives.

More on After Schools’ Story

After school is let out one afternoon at a normally quiet Los Angeles grade school a gunshot is heard. Soon after twelve-year old Jacky played by Moreira-Behrens is discovered alone in a room with a gun with an unexplained splash of blood on his shirt. Unwilling to cooperate with school officials the police are called and Olivia played by Behrens, a fifteen-year veteran is the first officer on the scene. Due to budget cuts, a strike, and other higher profile events happening at the same time Olivia is likely to be the only officer for quite a while. After a few confusing interactions with the school’s faculty, neighborhood locals, and a low level reporter Olivia learns that Jacky refuses to give up his position unless he can talk to Michael played by Mendoza, a drama instructor who once visited the school with a special program designed to help students express themselves creatively.

The problem is that nobody remembers who Michael is let alone how to get a hold of him. That is except for a young neighborhood punk named “Jala” who not too long ago was also a student at the school, but is now a low-level pot dealer who regularly sells to the down-and-out Michael who is now only a shell of the instructor so well remembered by Jacky. But because of Jala’s devotion to Jacky’s recently killed older brother he secretly goes to Michael and uses some coercion and misrepresentation to smuggle the reluctant mediator into the school without anyone’s knowledge. Not even the cops.

The drama teacher and the cop are forced to work together in order to find the answers to a puzzle that even Jacky doesn’t seem to understand. The boy wants help, he wants to be understood, but he doesn’t know how to express the trouble that is bothering him, and realizes he is now caught up in something he cannot control. Before this story is brought to its conclusion on this heartbreaking afternoon, Michael realizes he should return to the teaching that has made a difference in the lives of all the children with whom he once worked, and Olivia receives the reluctant admiration of her colleagues. Even Michael expresses his admiration for the woman with whom he has spent an unforgettable afternoon and suggests that someone owes someone a drink. They can argue about exactly who owes who what later.


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