Orphaned Courage – Review and Recommendation

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.

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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.

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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.

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Author: Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, just released SUMMER OF '67, their seventh feature film. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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