The upcoming Rogue independent movie ‘Cost of a Soul,’ the first film by writer-director-producer Sean Kirkpatrick, will be marketed and distributed in part by AMC Theaters. The movie, which is the winner of the first ‘Big Break Movie Contest,’ will open in 50 AMC chain locations on May 20, 2011. It will be released as part of the AMC Independent program, which is a rarity for a small independent film. The locations that will show the movie can be found at

The contest, which was announced in August 2010, aimed to give filmmakers with previously undistributed feature-length movies the chance to gain exclusive on-screen distribution throughout the U.S. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s film program, and moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to break in the film industry. He wrote ‘Cost of a Soul’ in 2008, and began production the following year in his hometown of Philadelphia. The movie then became an official selection at such 2010 festivals at the Hollywood Film Festival, HBO NY International Latino Film Festival and the Toronto Moving Image Film Festival.

‘Cost of a Soul’ follows two wounded veterans who return home to the ghetto they strived to escaped. When they arrive home, they watch their families become involved with crime, corruption and violence. The movie’s trailer can be viewed at

Written by: Karen Benardello

Cost of a Soul
Cost of a Soul

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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