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To achieve compassion requires knowledge, empathy, and action. Redefining the word is the thesis for the short anthology movie Compassion. The project consists of three distinct stories that each represent one part of this expanded definition.
Filming began on the project in July of 2018, and wrapped in August of 2019. Between the pre- and post-production, it was a 2-year-long effort that involved dozens of talented artists and craftspeople from Western North Carolina, the Upstate of South Carolina, and Georgia.
The movie, consisting of all three individual films, had its Cast & Crew screening December of 2019 in Asheville, and the final edit was completed in January of 2020. Later that year it was announced the film had been selected to appear in several upcoming film festivals. Its World-Premiere was at the 12th Annual Burbank International Film Festival in Burbank, CA, where the project also qualified for competition as a semi-finalist. Shortly thereafter, it screened as an Official Selection of the Raleigh Film & Art Festival, the Tryon International Film Festival, the 15th Annual Carrboro Film Fest, and the Studio City Film Festival. In 2021 Compassion was screened at the Foothills Film Festival, Joedance Highlight Series, and was the recipient of multiple awards at the Southern Shorts Awards. In addition, the Prague International Indie Film Fest recognized Lead Actress Emily Tynan McDaniel with a Best Actress win.
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