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Blunt Force Trauma
Directed by
Ken Sanzel

Columbia / 2015 / 96

World Premiere

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Ken Sanzel, Gary Preisler
Welcome to an underground, money-making subculture of people who wear bulletproof vests and shoot each other. Set against Colombia's majestic landscapes and impoverished villages, Blunt Force Trauma follows two modern-day gunslingers, John and Colt, who are on parallel but very different journeys, one seeking excitement, the other revenge. Part action drama-part love story and always engrossing, their worlds collide with passion and pain as John and Colt each try to fulfill their own wants and at the same time keep each other safe in the dueling underworld.

Writer/director Ken Sanzel impressively weaves a yarn of loss, longing, alienation, and revenge, right up to the climactic moment of fleeting satisfaction when John finally meets the fight champion, impeccably played by Mickey Rourke. Blunt Force Trauma is a visual masterpiece and a must-see film for anyone with an interest in realistic action dramas.

-Woodstock Film Festival

Ken Sanzel is a ten-year veteran of the New York City Transit Police Department.

Sanzel has written several pilots and created the FOX-TV series Lawless. He also co-created the FOX TV series Jonny Zero, and wrote and directed Dodge's City, an MTV productions series pilot for UPN.

Ken was the executive producer and showrunner on the successful CBS show Numb3rs for several seasons.

In film, Sanzel's original screenplay, The Replacement Killers, was Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat's Hollywood debut.

Cast/Featuring: Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto, Carolina Gomez, Mickey Rourke.
Producer(s): Gary Preisler, Eric Brenner
Director(s): Ken Sanzel
Screenwriter(s): Ken Sanzel
Cinematographer(s): Paulo Perez
Editor(s): Matt Mayer
Production Designer(s): Hernan Garcia
Composer(s)/Music: Darren Jackson
Sound Designer(s): Rusty Dunn
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