The Sheriff's Children

The full film will eventually be posted after it has played at film festivals.  In the meantime, here's a short trailer.

Sheriff and PrisonerOfficial Selection, Denton Black Film FestivalACCEPTED TO TEXAS FEST   (12/4/17)

SC has been accepted to the Denton Black Film Festival, held January 25-28, 2018 in Denton, TX.  It screens Saturday, January 27th at 3:00 pm at the Black Box Theatre.

Winner, Best Illinois Film, Route 66 Film FestivalWIN AT ROUTE 66 FEST  (11/5/17)

The Sheriff's Children won Best Illinois Film at the Route 66 International Film Festival, held November 3-4 in Springfield, IL.  Director Mike Boedicker and actor Bill Kephart attended and took part in a Q&A before accepting the award.

Official Selection, New Art Film FestivalLOCAL PREMIERE AT NEW ART FILM FESTIVAL  (10/10/17)

SC has been accepted to the New Art Film Festival, a free event held Sunday, Oct. 29 at 6 pm at the Art Theater in Champaign, IL.  SC screens in the 7:30 pm film block.  We're excited to finally have a public screening in the community where the film was made!

Winner, Knoxville Film FestivalWIN IN KNOXVILLE  (9/18/17)

The film won 3rd place in the Narrative Short category at the Knoxville Film Festival, held September 15-17 in Tennessee.

Royal Starr Film FestivalACCEPTED TO MICHIGAN FEST   (9/13/17)

SC has been accepted to Royal Starr Film Festival, held October 12-15, 2017 at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan (a Detroit suburb).  The film screens twice: Friday 10/13 in the 11am-1pm time slot, and  Saturday 10/14 in the 10pm-midnight time slot.

Prairie State Film Festival2 WINS & 3 NOMINATIONS AT PSFF   (8/16/17)

The film won Best Short and Best Music (Eric Watkins), and was nominated for Best Director (Mike Boedicker), Best Actress (Ellen Magee), and Best Cinematography (Thomas Nicol) at the Prairie State Film Festival, held August 11–13, 2017  in Dekalb, IL.

Accolade Global Film CompetitionFILM WINS AWARD  (6/14/17)

The Sheriff's Children has received an Award of Merit Special Mention in the Accolade Global Film Competition, an online festival.

FILM FINISHED  (4/14/17)

Almost a year after shooting began, The Sheriff's Children is finally finished.  It is now being submitted to various film festivals.


Colorist Andrew Gleason has done an excellent job "grading" the film, adjusting the picture's color, contrast, and hue for a specific look.  The film will be output at different resolutions (for Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, etc.), and we will soon begin submitting it to festivals.


Composer Eric Watkins delivered the final music, a powerful score featuring violinist Nicolaj Nielsen and cellist Sofie Takkula.  It is now being mixed into the film's soundtrack. 

Next up is color correction, where the picture will be tweaked scene-by-scene.

Behind the scenesThe Sheriff's Children is a short film based on the acclaimed story by Charles W. Chesnutt, first published in 1889.  It dramatizes the conflict between duty and family, as a sheriff guarding a prisoner from a lynch mob faces a crisis of conscience.

Produced by award-winning Roselawn Productions Ltd., The Sheriff's Children was filmed in Illinois and Indiana in authentic period locations.  The production was shot and edited in 2016 and completed in Spring 2017, and is currently being submitted to film festivals.

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Two Wins, Prairie State Film Festival 2017 Winner, Knoxville Film Festival Winner, Route 66 International Film Festival Winner, Award of Merit Special Mention, Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 Official Selection, Royal Starr Film Festival Official Selection, New Art Film Festival Official Selection, Denton Black Film Festival