“The film I’ve just released, Punkin Pie, explores the topic of domestic abuse, which is prevalent in our entire society---not just in the black community, as media outlets often portray. I witnessed domestic violence in my family as I was growing up, but it wasn’t until much later that I began to understand the depth of the psychological and spiritual damage it inflicts. It’s a deep-seated generational epidemic in many cultures around the world. The script for Punkin Pie was extremely difficult to write, given the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in the story, but the message is critically important. The film focuses on Katrina ‘Punkin’ Richardson who must confront her greatest fears in hopes of saving not only herself, but also her mother, Elaine, from an abusive relationship she just can't seem to live without.
“My hope is that viewers who witness the shame, rage, and victimization of this mother and daughter will come away with a greater commitment to stopping that cycle of abuse. It’s tragic what domestic violence can do to the soul of a human being.
“This is a movie that Memphis needs to see.”
- Memphis connections: Attended Bellevue Junior High School, Hamilton High School, and Central High School (graduated 1996)
- Boston University (Boston, MA) (2012-2014)
- Endicott College (Beverly, MA) (2003-2007)
From Stage 32: "Allen J. Redwing specializes in creating and directing creative, cost effective productions, and employs both effective communication and sound leadership strategies in his filmmaking endeavors. With a background in production management, Cinematography, and with over 15 years in photography and military experience, Allen J. Redwing enjoys producing, directing, and editing independent, feature, and commercial film projects."
Punkin Pie is currently in consideration for 21 film festivals, including Sundance, LA Fest, and the Boston International. It is an official selection for the South Carolina Underground Film Festival.
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OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/punkinpie
OFFICIAL CONNECTING MEMPHIS VIEW ON-DEMAND LINK: https://vimeo.com/r/1BwD/eHNUaGt3SF
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"I just wanted her to protect her little girl. I know she was terrified and saw no escape, but as a mother, I just wanted to scream, 'Stop! Don't let him do this to you! Don't let him do this to your daughter!'" - Cindy, Connecting Memphis
"I was horrified...broke my heart...great acting... casting was stellar... believable..." - Terran Noir Gary, Dance Choreographer, Memphis, TN
"It's so powerful. Brought awareness to domestic abuse in such a strong way. It really makes you stop and think about how awful it could be. It brought me to tears! Very moving! The script and the actor/actresses were incredible! The way it was filmed was something different and I loved it." - Ashley Nihart, Maine
"I'm about to run to the corner store and get a pack of Camels for these last 8 minutes!! Yeah. I need a pack. And another bottle of wine. 'Cause I want to throat-punch JD." - John Lawrence, MSEd, Education and Theory and Practice, Arkansas State University Jonesboro
"Just watched... goosebumps, tears, sitting on edge of my seat... such a powerfully impactful, compelling story in such a short time.... music is haunting. Performances are gut wrenching. And it sheds light on an important issue. I will be sick to my stomach for hours." - Wendy Hartman
"When a story touches your every emotion and makes you feel what they feel, it becomes phenomenal..." - Dee Silva
"I literally yelled noooooooooo when it was over.... I need part 2!!!" - Heather Watson