“Condition of Return,” a new Arizona-made independent movie, will screen at the 2023 Phoenix Film Festival beginning Saturday, March 25.
Produced by Paradise Valley residents Tommy Stovall and Marc Sterling and directed by Stovall, the film stars AnnaLynne McCord (Nip/Tuck, 90210), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark), Natasha Henstridge (Species) and James Russo (Django Unchained), according to a press release.
McCord won Outstanding Actress at the recent Sedona International Film Festival where the film made its world premiere.
The movie was filmed on location in and around Phoenix last spring with a local crew and mostly local cast, including over 350 extras. Production took place in 19 days among 21 locations in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa and Camp Verde.
“Condition of Return” is a psychological thriller and character-driven film that tells the story of a religious woman’s journey to the dark side. It answers the question, “what if, after you sold your soul, you decided you wanted it back?” At its core, it’s a story about good versus evil, the press release stated.
In the film, Eve Sullivan (McCord) is arrested for committing a heinous crime. Shackled in a police station break room, she is questioned by psychoanalyst and atheist Dr. Donald Thomas (Cain), who is tasked with determining her fitness to stand trial. In a contentious interview, Dr. Thomas persuades Eve to recount her troubling past as she slowly turns the tables, coaxing him into revealing secrets of his own and showing him they may be more alike than he thinks.
Screenings will take place at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix on Saturday, March 25 at 3:55 p.m., Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, March 31 at 11:30 a.m.
For tickets, visit https://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/. More information on the film can be found at https://conditionofreturn.com.
Among cast members with Arizona ties are Ryan DeLuca (Father Kinder), Tucson; Harley Smith (Officer MacDougal), Prescott; Laura Workman (Anne), Chandler; Steve Summers (Pat), Scottsdale; Trevor Stovall (DJ), Paradise Valley, Jule Johnson (Frank), Sedona, Madison Ottinger (Missy), Nadine Jackson (Landa), Phoenix; Tempe; Harold Dixon (Father Whitehall), Tucson, Mike Guilfoyle (Judge Marks), Surprise; Ali Zahari (Adams), Phoenix; Morgan Strickland (Berger), Sedona; Xandy Lifson (Court Clerk), Sedona; Jessica Y Martin (Nurse), Scottsdale; Precious G (Cortez), Marana; Jordyn Weitz (Micaela), Phoenix, Sandy Kim (Newswoman), Surprise; Harrison Sheckler (Reporter), Tucson.
Crew members with Arizona ties are Mic Waugh, Director of Photography, Queen Creek; Paula Rogers, Costume Designer, Oracle; Bryan Thomas, Associate Producer, Paradise Valley; Tamara McDaniel, Production Manager, Phoenix, Rusty Case, 1st AD, Phoenix, Jennifer Doan, Production Coordinator, Phoenix; Rob Rutledge, Extras Casting, Phoenix; Daniel Reddick, Sound Mixer, Phoenix; Rachel Shumacher, Production Designer, Phoenix; Clifton “Rev” Laderer, Art Director, San Tan Valley; Jennifer O’Bannon, Prop Master, Phoenix; Mike Rea, Key Grip, Phoenix; Jarrod Wilson, Gaffer; Nick Montgomery, Transportation Captain, Phoenix.