Small Town Talent Producing Independent Ninja Documentary


A small town independent film group is currently producing a documentary ninja film to be released in 2004.

LEXINGTON, KY (PRWEB) June 24, 2004 -- A small town independent film group is currently producing a documentary film to be released in 2004. Cubit Productions has teamed with documentary filmmaker, Stephen Larnell, to produce a satiric film exploring the growing popularity of after hours’ martial arts classes in America. “Beneath the Mask: Portrait of an American Ninja” was shot last year on location in Dillan, Nebraska and is currently in post-production editing in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Beneath the Mask” focuses on a six-week period of the life of native Dillanite Mark Rotane. The film documents Mark’s experiences as he enrolls and progresses through evening martial arts classes. Through interviews with Mark, along with his friends, family, and classmates, Stephen Larnell presents a jarring examination of our hopes and dreams, and the successes and failures we encounter while striving to reach them.

“Although the film has an inane comedic appearance, ‘Beneath the Mask’ does attempt to explore deeper facets of the human condition,” explains producer Ben Sledge. “One of the central aspects of the movie is the unveiling of the cyclical nature we continuously loop through in our quests to ‘better’ ourselves. We are quick to get excited about a new diet or exercise routine, but lose that enthusiasm and determination when novelty wears thin. Life is made up of these small battles we constantly wage against ourselves. The question being resolved in this film, is the same question that lies before us all: will we stay the course and prevail, or will we fail miserably and be left picking up the pieces?”

“Beneath the Mask” will be released locally in Lexington, and distributed online, in 2004. More information on the filmmaker and the project can be found on the film’s website: http://films.cubit.net/hiyah