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Scientology expose Blown for Good has been made into a short film: Escape

Discussion in 'Movies, Plays, and Documentaries about Scientology' started by CommunicatorIC, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Scientology expose Blown for Good has been made into a short film: Escape.

    Film Trailer for Escape



    Facebook announcement -

    A short film has been made of Blown For Good by some students at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Link to the trailer at the bottom of the announcement, quoted below.

    Facebook announcement -


    In light of Ron Miscavige's "Ruthless" exposé and impending tell-all interview on ABC 20/20 TONIGHT, RM Productions and Truth Told Productions bring you the trailer for their new short film, "Escape."

    Based on the acclaimed memoir "Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology," "Escape" adapts the true-life story of former Sea Org members Marc and Claire Headley as they struggle to free themselves from the hands of Scientology.

    Current students at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, filmmakers Karla Zamudio and Rachael Meyers say this piece was born thru a class assignment. Every year, each student in the advanced class must make a short film with one condition: it must be about real people in real situations.

    Meyers remarks, "The condition means to keep the films grounded in hearty storytelling rather than flying off into GlibLand. Nowhere did it say it had to be an adaptation of someone's life. But when Karla came to me with this story, I couldn't resist running with it."

    But it's more than just a good story. Co-Writer (adaptation) and Producer of the film, Karla Zamudio has a personal connection:
    "I left Scientology, because it became overbearing and interfered with my personal life, career, and spiritual growth. It had become more about profit and recruiting new members than helping me. When I learned that several of my personal friends who previously worked for Scientology had been mentally and physically abused by the organization and wrote a book about it, I immediately felt compelled to tell their story."

    According to his memoir, Marc Headley and his wife Claire spent 15 years inside the Sea Org's International Headquarters, garnering physical and emotional abuse. Only in 2006 with the help of the police and his father was he able to finally escape and later, get his wife out too.

    Zamudio recounts her time inside the walls: "I had the privilege of working with Marc a few times at the heavily guarded Scientology compound in Hemet, CA and I can attest to some of the facts he shares in his book. Marc and Claire Headleys' brave story demonstrates how courageous and determined the human spirit thrives under challenging situations."

    Meyers: "The Headleys have been so generous in granting permission to their story for this short film. It's an incredibly brave journey. Having the privilege to portray it has definitely given me a new perspective on what stories can be told versus what stories should be told."

    Writer/Director/Producer Rachael Meyers founded RM Productions in 2011. Through various projects, she has had the pleasure of working with talent such as Gina Hecht ("Seinfeld"), Rob Brownstein ("Argo"), Elisa Gabrielli ("Madagascar"), and James Kyson ("Heroes"). Her films have garnered awards at festivals across the country, including Best

    Writer/Producer/Actress Karla Zamudio is a former member of the self-proclaimed organized religion, having escaped in 2008. In 2014, she founded her own production company Truth Told Productions: a company focused on telling stories inspired by real life events with characters who thrive under challenging situations. A native of Los Angeles, she is known for roles on shows such as "Southland," "Mistresses," "ER", "The Shield," and "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment," among

    Starring Bryan McKinley, Alexandra Bayless and Mark Gadbois, "Escape" is currently in the festival submissions process.

    The trailer can be viewed online here:
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  2. leapyeargirlkz

    leapyeargirlkz New Member


    I haven't been on this site in awhile. I hope you like our trailer to the short film Escape, which is based on "Blown For Good" by Marc Headley.
    Thanks for the support!

    Your truly,
    Karla Zamudio

  3. Gib

    Gib Crusader


    looks good.
  4. lotus

    lotus stubborn rebel sheep!

    I can't wait!

    Happy birthday David Miss Cavige :happydance:

    (A week of surprises...)
  5. oneonewasaracecar

    oneonewasaracecar Gold Meritorious Patron

    That trailer looks great. That character that looks very much like Tommy Davis but is not Tommy Davis was well cast.
  6. Northern Shewolf

    Northern Shewolf Patron Meritorious

    And is Shelly still amongst the living???
  7. oneonewasaracecar

    oneonewasaracecar Gold Meritorious Patron

    She is among the living dead.
  8. TrevAnon

    TrevAnon Big List researcher

    Welcome (again) Karla!

    If I were Marc I'd complain about not using a redheaded actress for Claire's role. :biggrin:
  9. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Welcome to ESMB, Karla! :welcome2:

    The trailer looks amazing - professional, high-tek, grabs attention, acting looks tremendous and love the dialogue.

    The actress playing Claire is great! Her body reactions, her eyes... all the actors look awesome.

    If the trailer weren't even about scn, it's an attention-grabber and enough for me to watch the film.

    Nice job. Thanks for sharing it. Is there an ETA on the film's release anytime soon?
  10. Jump

    Jump Operating teatime

    Love the contrast of the frenetic camera work vs the cold final moment.

    This will be good. :)
  11. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

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  12. Bost_Bobby

    Bost_Bobby Patron with Honors

    A good youtube interview with Marc Headly. I think it's fairly new. It's one hour and 25 minutes long. It's a great listen. He even alludes to Siri as not being Tom's daughter. I don't know how he would know this but he does have a sly grin when he says it. :)
  13. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    Tony Ortega commented on this here:

    He said he's going to ask Marc to explain that comment about Suri but that was a couple of weeks ago and he hasn't mentioned it since then.
  14. Bost_Bobby

    Bost_Bobby Patron with Honors

    Yeah, couldn't really tell if Headley was joking or not. In any case he tells some good stories. Nothing new but still interesting to listen to.
  15. leapyeargirlkz

    leapyeargirlkz New Member


    There were no redheads in the class at the time we cast Escape. We had to use the actors at the Advance class level and Alexandra Bayless was the closest we had to play Claire. :wink2:
  16. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    Headley was probably informed that, unless he has evidence to back up that assertion, he would be opening himself up for a libel suit.
  17. Bost_Bobby

    Bost_Bobby Patron with Honors

    Well let's hope for Suri's sake that he's correct.
  18. Orglodyte 2

    Orglodyte 2 Patron with Honors

    Gratifying to see this. In case someone does not recognize the Beverly Hills Playhouse, this is the acting school run for years by the highly respected Milton Katselas, who helped influence a number of celebrities to get involved with Scientology. He was cruelly treated by the church at the end of his life. Haven't been any Scns there for years. Sounds like the de-scientologification is complete.
  19. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

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