Hidden Rage — a locally made independent film that takes on the issues of bullying, school violence and teen suicide by dramatically depicting the warning signs that parents, school officials and fellow students often ignore — will soon be available to a national audience.
The DVD version of the movie, its story seems ripped from television news reports, will be out on July 17 in stores and online sellers as diverse as Walmart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Netflix, Christianbook.com, Kmart.com and others.
Director/producer Norton O. Rodriguez said that the video version of the film is the culmination of years of effort.
“We are very excited about our national release of Hidden Rage on DVD,” Rodriguez said. “The movie took more than seven years to be produced, from script to screen. It took three years of research after the Columbine Massacre incident.
“We felt bullying and school shootings would become a problem, only we never imagined it would become an international epidemic,” he added. “And we are thankful that it will reach a larger audience because we believe the film also shows the solutions available to get rid of bullying and school shootings.”
Written by Alejandro Leyva and Robert A. Kramer, the movie was filmed in several South Florida schools with many real students as extras, the independent production by faith-based The God of Moses Entertainment used a cast of solid professional actors for pivotal roles but also some newcomers. The film’s compelling message also attracted a number of volunteers who donated their time and effort, including former South Miami Mayor Horace Feliu and former Florida State Rep. Julio Robaina.
“We believe Hidden Rage has been a successful film thanks to the amazing cast and crew that we were blessed to work with,” Rodriguez said. “A cast and crew who worked hard and believed in the vision of the film from day one. Our main actor, Aaron Goldenberg, is an amazing up-and-coming actor who is very talented, and did a fantastic job in portraying Joshua in the film.”
Rodriguez also praised as “amazing” actors Eric Nelson, who plays the security guard Tony, and Kelly (Prodigal Son) Williams as a security guard/rapper who brings comedy to the film.
“Dani Jordana Berkowitz as Rebecca and Rafaella Biscayn-Debest as Sophia did a great job in bringing the female point of view to the issue of bullying, including cyber-bullying,” Rodriguez added. “And having a producer like Mario Ortiz, who also produced our film Libertad (Freedom) in 1997 was a great help in producing Hidden Rage’s most complicated special effects and action scenes in the movie.”
Actor Roberto Escobar not only played a key role, he also co-produced the film and worked as co-director as well, according to Rodriguez, who said that all of them are serious about getting out the message.
“We believed the movie was important to produce because the statistics are alarming, when you see so many young children being bullied,” Rodriguez said. “Hidden Rage is still timely because too many kids are still living in depression while many others are committing suicide. There’s got to be something wrong somewhere. Everyday there is more lack of love and lack of God in our homes and in our schools. Hidden Rage is geared to be a light in the midst of darkness and a warning sign in such a time as this.”
The movie is distributed by House Lights Media. The trailer can be seen on <www.youtube.com>.