This short film was written by me in 2013 for the Iranian director Mahmoud Shoolizadeh. Mahmoud came to me with a story he wanted to tell cinematically. My challenge was to tell that story in a believable way for American and worldwide audiences. You’ll see what I mean when you see the film.

Here’s the logline: Sonny and Dub once shared a cell together. Now Sonny is a free man keeping his life as simple and care free as possible. While Dub is on Death Row and sentenced to be executed in a matter of days, Sonny comes to visit one last time. Dub has a last request—a dying request that he hopes to entrust Sonny with.

THE PRISONER was selected for several 2013 film festivals: Indie Fest USA International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Gwinnett Center International Film Festival and Trinity International Film Festival.

Director and Editor: Mahmoud Shoolizadeh
Screenplay by: Sharon Y. Cobb
Story by: Mahmoud Shoolizadeh & Sharon Y. Cobb
Producer: Kim Murray
1st Assistant Director: Rozina Behrooz 
Cinematographer: Peter Stahl
Music: Karine Pied-Navabi 
Script Supervisor: Roohangiz Shams 

Paul Bathen as Dub
Ryan Murray as Sonny
Scott J. Smith as Guard