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The Jonestown Defense 


THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE is an American independent feature film about Christopher Waite, a Sarasota businessman living on the Florida Gulf Coast in the spring of 2009, who is struggling with ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Ostermaier ... Christopher Waite
Robert Stevens Robert Stevens ... Francis Ray
Michael Michaelessi Michael Michaelessi ... Paul Richards
Amy Seimetz ... Chrissy
Mary Bronstein Mary Bronstein ... Tina
Matt Timms Matt Timms ... Tim
April Barton April Barton ... Juli Waite
Michael Weimann Michael Weimann ... Jack Waite
Linda Ann Remley Linda Ann Remley ... Linda
Jamie Corio Jamie Corio ... Caleb
Archie McAlister Archie McAlister ... John
Mark Konrad Mark Konrad ... Museum Security Guard
Steven Emery Bikfavly Steven Emery Bikfavly ... Process Server
Joshua Apatow Joshua Apatow ... Boy at Pool
Anthony Messer Anthony Messer ... Boy at Pool


THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE is an American independent feature film about Christopher Waite, a Sarasota businessman living on the Florida Gulf Coast in the spring of 2009, who is struggling with both a collapsed economy and a personal life in free-fall. Over the next four days, Christopher will face the onerous task of firing the employees of the company he manages, the dissolution of close friendships, the ruin of his marriage and the potential loss of his son. THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE tells the story of how personal narcissism and professional corruption nearly destroy a man who believes he's fighting for financial survival, but in the end discovers that what is truly at risk is his soul.

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Topical and thought provoking
5 June 2011 | by FWeimannSee all my reviews

First of all, I am a fan of independent film makers as they put their creativity, money and passion into every film they make. They risk it all for something they believe in. The Jonestown Defense is a good example of this. The story of a man losing his livelihood, his family and himself is both poignant and timely. The Jonestown Defense is not a perfect film, but certainly remarkable given the financial parameters that independents must work within.

Almost everyone can identify with this film in one way or another. It is a movie worth watching and certainly worthy of spreading the good word about. This film's message about the struggle to keep things together when everything is falling apart is a theme that should resonate with everyone.

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