: Narrative Short
GENRE: Student Film
STATUS: Post-Production


True Strength Comes from Within...


A young boy named Frankie suffers at the hands of an abusive father. When this abuse transfers to the bullies on the football field, Frankie quietly finds his power from within to rise above his tormentors.


This film will be challenging, but that is not a reason to avoid something. My two greatest assets are my ability to communicate my intention to my cast and crew and a tenacious drive to see my vision take hold. As far as the nuts and bolts of getting this done… One of my best friends was Vice President of Jersey Shore Pop Warner and is deeply connected to the football program in my hometown of Freehold, NJ where I plan to shoot. I have ties to this community and will be able to keep my budget reasonable while creating a family environment on set. We are also filming and editing a football promo for the local pop warner team we will be utilizing as a way to give back to the community. I have experience working with children from my past projects, but our success hinges on finding kids that can hold the emotion of the role, while also being extremely physical. Bullying doesn’t start in schools – it ends there. I want KISS THE BRUISE to give our audience a glimpse into a child’s world who suffers at the hands of this kind of abuse, but refuses to become his tormentor. - Barry Dorsey/director


Barry Dorsey - Director
Barry Dorsey is a filmmaker currently in his second year of the MFA Screenwriting program at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein School of Cinema. He produced and directed a 3-minute promo for Derval Rose, which has caught the attention of industry professionals. Barry also was chosen as a 2018 Middlebury Script Lab Fellow to further develop the project. He co-created and co- produced the songwriter series, Writers in the Raw, which was pitched for television with actor Kevin Bacon. Barry’s recently completed short film, Indiscriminate, is currently being submitted to the film festival circuit. He is currently pitching his serialized TV show, The Arsenal, as well as developing two features, The Cancellation Policy, and his crime drama, 401K.

Ryan Charles (Cummings) - Producer
Ryan Charles is a filmmaker from NYC who has directed, produced and/or edited no less than 6 indie feature films, 6 shorts and countless other pieces of content. From films to web-pilots, trailers to promos, industrials to video essays— he has spent the better part of the last 10 years immersing himself in absolutely every facet of filmmaking.


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