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The Playground (2017 film)

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The Playground
Directed byEdreace Purmul
Produced by
  • Edreace Purmul
  • Bart Cameron
  • Marisa Ditimus
  • Rayma Kendra Kulik
  • Chad Littlepage
  • Raj Milian
  • Rebecca Reyes
Written by
  • Edreace Purmul
  • Ramona Frye
  • Dean Mounir
Starring
  • Myles Cranford
  • Merrick McCartha
  • Shane P. Allen
  • Christopher Salazar
  • Lawrence R. Kivett
  • Ghadir Mounib
  • Daniel Armand
  • Evan Henderson
  • Brooke Laver
  • Raye Richards
  • Jennifer Paredes
  • Felicity Bryant
  • Salwan Dally
  • Taher AbuNadi
  • Marci Krown
  • Taylor Koster
Music bySami Matar
CinematographyRoger Sogues
Production
company
SplitWorld Pictures
Release date
  • October 12, 2017 (2017-10-12) (San Diego, California)
  • October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13) (VOD)
Running time
151 minutes
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish

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The Playground is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Edreace Purmul, and written by Edreace Purmul, Ramona Frye, and Dean Mounir. It officially premiered on October 12, 2017 at the Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont, California.[1] Prior to its premiere, the film won 'Best Narrative Feature Film' at the San Diego Film Awards. It was officially released on Friday, October 13, 2017 on video on demand.[2]

Plot[edit]

Five people struggle against their inner demons in a fable orchestrated by a dark entity.

Production[edit]

The cast was selected through a string of local San Diego stage actors, in which Purmul says helps their emotional connection to the characters in his film. The movie was shot on a RED in 4K. Before post production, the film was originally supposed to be five different thirty minute chapters. The set was wrapped after just thirty days of filming. Purmul compared the film to Pulp Fiction and The Devil's Advocate[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Myles Cranford
  • Merrick McCartha
  • Shane P. Allen
  • Christopher Salazar
  • Lawrence R. Kivett
  • Ghadir Mounib
  • Daniel Armand
  • Evan Henderson
  • Brooke Laver
  • Raye Richards
  • Jennifer Paredes
  • Felicity Bryant
  • Salwan Dally
  • Taher AbuNadi
  • Marci Krown
  • Taylor Koster

Awards and festivals[edit]

Festival / Event (year) Award Recipient Result Ref.
San Diego Film Awards (2016) Best Narrative Feature Film Edreace Purmul Won [2]

Reception[edit]

Richard Propes of the Independent Film Critic says the film is written well, properly researched and what you would want to expect from an experimental film.[4] Blogger Daniel Cook Johnson calls the film spiritual and worth watching until the end.[5] Don Shanahan describes the film as a psychological tone that sinks deep, so that you may find the film more respectable than enjoyable.[6] A review at Spling says it is a challenging watch that makes you feel dark and disturbed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. "New Thriller THE PLAYGROUND to Get Theatrical Release in San Diego". BroadwayWorld.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "New thriller 'The Playground' made in San Diego gets theatrical release". CBS 8. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  3. Accomando, Beth (2017-10-12). "San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday". KPBS. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  4. "The Independent Critic - "The Playground" Hits the Festival Circuit". The Independent Critic. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  5. "THE PLAYGROUND: Odd, Ominous, & Way Over My Head". 25 May 2016. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  6. "MOVIE REVIEW: The Playground". Every Movie Has a Lesson. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  7. Spling. "Movie Review The Playground - Movie Reviews Trailers - SPLING | Movie Critic | Movie Reviews | Film News | Celeb Interviews". www.spling.co.za. Retrieved 2017-09-04.

External links[edit]

Category:2017 films Category:Independent films Category:American independent films Category:Films set in San Diego Category:Films shot in San Diego Category:2010s independent films



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