ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST FILMS **
-ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS -CBS RADIO, -FILMTHREAT
-eFILMCRITIC -FILM FREAK CENTRAL
WINNER OF 12 FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS **
Including "Best Film", "Best Screenplay", "Best Actress" and "Audience Award"
2-Time PRISM AWARD NOMINEE **
Honoring films that make a positive difference in the world by accurately portraying drug and alcohol addiction in the media
the names of Cindy Baer and Celest Davis
on the V.I.P. list of promising new filmmakers."
-FILM FREAK CENTRAL
Brilliant! A cinematic gem that demands to be seen.”
Todd David Schwartz, CBS RADIO
"Original and Unforgetable"
"One of the best films about troubled teens that I've ever seen"
-Terry Keefe, Edtor-at-Large, VENICE MAGAZINE
"A charming, touching, clever and all-around brilliantly crafted film"
“Purgatory House” DVD 14-year-old
writer Celeste Davis stars in her own story
opposite Jim Hanks ("BABY GENIUSES") and Johnny Pacar
(Disney's "NOW YOU SEE IT" & NBC's "Flight 29 Down") and Devin Witt. Featuring amazing music from
Natalie Merchant, Blue Oyster Cult, Violent Femmes,
Grammy-nominated Eric Bazilian, and other top recording artists.
Directed by Cindy Baer. WINNER of 12 Festival Awards, and 2-time PRISM
the Movie: PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey
of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who has abandoned her troubled
life of drug addiction with boyfriend Sam (Johnny Pacar)
only to find herself caught somewhere between Heaven and
Hell. There she must choose whether she will accept her
drab existence, or finally discover within herself the power to
change. Her guides along the road to self-enlightenment
include a wry Saint (Jim Hanks), a motley group of fellow teen souls condemned to the Purgatory House,
and God herself (also played by Hanks).
Written by and starring 14-year-old Celeste Davis, this
semi-autobiographical fantasy is a living, breathing snapshot
of how it feels to be a teen in today's world. It's a wake up call. Purgatory
Houses are here on earth. Can we help our kids find the
"Behind the Scenes" featurette
"Putting It All Together" featurette
The LA Premiere
2 Deleted scenes
Music video by Larisa Stow
Note from Silver Strand
24-hour teen crisis hotline number
teen writer/actress Celeste Davis and director Cindy Baer
in 2 extensive "behind the scenes" documentaries, and learn how this amazing
project was created from start to finish. Also meet actors
Jim Hanks, Johnny Pacar and Devin Witt, along with the rest
of the cast and crew who came together to bring this movie
to life. Companies featured include Canon USA, Widget Post,
FilmLook and 3 Dogz Creative.
by a high school freshman, created with digital cameras
and home-based computers, and featuring over 200 visual
effects, PURGATORY HOUSE marks the true beginning of the
digital revolution. From what it reveals about the pressures
and struggles that plague our troubled youth, to the cutting-edge
technologies that helped create it, PURGATORY HOUSE is uniquely
a sign of our times.