I love student films. I love the enthusiasm of the filmmakers, the originality of their stories, and their passion to succeed. Often, however, what the films offer in energy, they lack in quality. Occasionally, a young student is able to combine their excitement with raw talent and skills. Thus is the case of Josiah Stendel with Orphaned Courage.
Sixteen-year-old Josiah has been working as a professional videographer/filmmaker since he was thirteen. Orphaned Courage, his latest film, reveals a sophistication not often found in independent films in general, and certainly not in student films.
Orphaned Courage is the story of two brothers dealing with adoption and identity. It’s a high action film with a complex script, beautiful cinematography, strong acting, and a powerful storyline. It’s already received a few film festival accolades. I’m sure many more will be forthcoming. It premieres Thursday, September 22 at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky.