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STARRING
Ann Tiemann Loggins, Natasha Shuck, Sheila Mellon, D.J. Mincy, and Sonny Burnette
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Randy DeFord
MPAA RATING
NR
RUNNING TIME
70 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
Oak Road Multimedia

 "Section 5" an Involving, Intelligent Indie Thriller 
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Marni Grable (Ann Tiemann Loggins) returns home after inheriting her father's estate, a return that doesn't exactly excite her as it's clearly a life she's worked hard to put behind her. A profiler for the State of Nebraska, Marni couldn't possibly know what memories might haunt the old homestead.

As it turns out, a whole lot has changed on Section 5. Her father was renting a section of his property to a guy that nobody in the town really knows, a fact that doesn't sit particularly well when Marni learns that a local girl is missing and she's not the first one.

Section 5 benefits greatly from a terrific ensemble cast headed up by Ann Tiemann Loggins's disciplined yet dramatically resonant performance as Marni. Both vulnerable and tremendously strong, Loggins serves up a woman whose past is obviously a part of who she is know yet also a woman whose strength allows the film to keep moving forward. DeFord does a terrific job of building an involving story without giving everything away too soon, and while 70 minutes may seem a bit slight for a full-length feature it works out well for Section 5.

Music from Virgil Franklin and Jay Vernali is top notch and helps set a terrific tone for the film, while supporting players Natasha Shuck, Sheila Mellon and D.J. Mincy all help to add up to a better than one usually expects from a low-budget indie ensemble cast.

For more information on Section 5, be sure to visit the Oak Road Multimedia website linked to in the credits.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic  

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