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On the worst night of her life, a woman tries to save herself.

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…Crofoot’s unaffected performance seizing attention immediately”

Indie Shorts Mag Team

"...Obdurate’s story, its title, and the reality it depicts makes for an unusually accurate portrayal, having all its elements in harmony. The questions it asks are deceptively simple, as it clearly knows how difficult—and crucial—the answer can be."

Indie Shorts Mag Team

"Deft direction by Canadian Screen Academy Award-winning Jim Morrison IV, a gut-wrenching performance from Crofoot and a twist ending – use domestic violence as a backdrop to examine life choices and consequences."

Global Shorts Competition

Cinematographer Steven Lindsay Discusses his Process for Obdurate and Compliant


Cynthia Crofoot

Writer / Exec. Producer / "Donna"

Obdurate came about through a text conversation with my director friend Jim (he seems to be the inspiration for a number of my films). We had been texting about some technological crisis I was having (I'm not very tech-savvy) and I joked with him "you're my text support" ('cause we were texting, see?). He said, that'd make a great title for a movie. I agreed and started to think about what that movie would look like. What would it be about? After many iterations, Obdurate was born. It is the first screenplay I have written, produced and starred in and it is very dear to my heart. I am extremely grateful for the professional excellence of the crew and additional cast that helped make this - my first film - a reality. The film is doing very well in the festival circuit and has won several awards. Click the link above to read a really great review by Indie Shorts Mag.

Cast and Crew

Tony - Andrew Jackson

Officer Dugan - Diane Johnstone

Police Officer: Ken Quinn

Device Voice: Olivia Hultgren

Director - Jim Morrison IV (Website: Jim Morrison IV)

Cinematographer / DOP - Steve Lindsay (Website: Steve Lindsay)

Producer - Bar Kirshon

First AC: Josh Henderson

Second AC: Victor Jackson On

Key Grip: Steven Bennett

Gaffer: Tim Sauder

Sound Mixer: Kalvin Mallari

Production Designer: Eunice Tsz Ching Hung

Edited By: Steven Lindsay

Music By: Jamie Ruben

Frist AD: Tatiana Mattos

Consulting Producer: Bruno S. Lyra

Stunt Co-ordinators: Ken Quinn and David Karnes

Stunt Safety: Dee Dryden and James Niessen

Script Supervisor / Continuity: Tamim Aoude

Art Director: Andrew Mooseong Kim

BTS Photography: Dylan McAuley-Vallier

DMT: Alexis Varvagiannis

Wardrobe Supervisor: Juli Angelic

Make Up, FX and Hair: Angela Barbosa

PAs: Max Whitworth / Tamoya Thomas / Alexandrine Hardum-Hotton

Supervising Sound Editor: George Flores

Dialogue Editor: Aravind Sundar

DCP provided by LightVAULT

"This film was produced with the generous support of ACTRA Toronto"

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