TAKEN IN is a handmade feature film about a man who must spend a weekend alone with his estranged teenage daughter at a roadside resort. It is here that Simon and Brooklyn must confront the issues that have driven them apart, and ultimately choose how they will move forward...together or alone.

TAKEN IN was written and directed by personal filmmaker, Chris White. It was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family. The story (co-written with his wife Emily), was inspired by Chris’ theatre work with students at a therapeutic boarding school. The film is dedicated to his own teenage daughter, Gibson.

TAKEN IN was filmed at South of the Border, Dillon SC USA in the Spring of 2011.

10 June 2011

First Reviews Are In

To date, about 100 people have glimpsed the “pre-release” version of TAKEN IN. Most of these individuals saw the film with others at private, invitation-only screenings. The rest have seen the film via SD DVD copies mailed to their homes.

The responses have been positive…and, ultimately, helpful as Jeter and I go back and finish the film in the coming weeks (release date: 7/15/11).

The most common critical comment has to do with the film’s shift in tone from Act I to Act II. Many people have seen this transition as too abrupt. That the tone established in the first twenty minutes is too different from the tone in the next twenty.

There has been some concern expressed over the slow pace of the first act…that it is too ponderous, too…contemplative.

There have been other criticisms of the film…most idiosyncratic, or limited to one person’s comments, but not echoed by any others.

But. The good news is that the vast majority of the comments about the film have been extremely positive: an interesting story, believable characters, solid acting, great camera work and editing, and a surprise ending that really connects with people emotionally.

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