What do you believe in?
The question reaches Filmmaker Jason Benson as the subject of the biggest project of his life. It haunts David Charles when he finds himself alone to face his harshest challenge. It pressures Kate Jones, Jason’s girlfriend, when his obsession with his work begins to reveal deeper demons. It mocks Anna Moore when her practiced faith doesn’t match her reality. Four lives – one question.
Director Stephen Stifano presents a story of young adults pushed to their limits, forced to confront the most daunting obstacle to leading their lives – themselves. As each battles to maintain their reality, they find increasing conflict with their beliefs. With relationships, friendships, opportunities, and survival in the balance, each must decide what to do when what they believe in simply isn’t enough.
Aggressive, edgy, and sometimes raw, Belief is a unique take on the quarter-life crisis, as individuals look to define themselves against a changing backdrop of adult life. With a deep plot full of twists and turns, the film ultimately challenges its audience to provide answers. When pushed to the limit, what do you believe in?
I had the idea for BELIEF for about five years before considering pursuing production. I knew the film would have to be serious and well-executed to really reach its mark, and I wanted to make sure I was prepared – and working with the right people – before getting started.
I was especially fortunate to work with a great cast of focused individuals from all walks of life. Benjamin Riley, a fantastic up-and-coming actor, flew in from Hollywood to play the lead role, while Theodore Bouloukos, a New York screen veteran, stepped in to play his mentor. The rest of the principal cast was rounded out by Christopher Ferrara (Boston), Erin Condry (Philadelphia), and Jessica Tangarone, a newcomer from nearby Columbia, Connecticut. Working with this group on a small set, over the course of a long summer, was undoubtedly one of the most thrilling, exhilarating (and exhausting) experiences of my life. I think it shows in the work.
We employed a handheld, hyper-realistic style for the production, similar to 21 Grams, and have eschewed “fancy” filmmaking in favor of letting the performances tell the story. I’m currently in the process of preparing Belief to submit to film festivals, and hope to land a premiere at some point in 2015.