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Feature Length

PLAY TRAILER
ANATHEMA
United States, 2017, 82 min., Color, Digital, English
When the bonds of love are shattered by the freedom of sexual expression, uncontrolled emotions and perspectives lead to a homicidal act of vengeance. While millions of Americans rejoice over the Supreme Court gay marriage decision, Michael Reed is in a desperate search for his boyfriend, Zach Tosh. When Zach is a no show for their special dinner celebration, Michael realizes something is drastically wrong. He secretly enlists the assistance of Private Investigator, Kylie Morgan, to help solve the mysterious disappearance of Zach after receiving no support from his prestigious parents, Pastor Colin and Congresswoman Camilla Reed, who have vehemently denounced their son’s “shameful lifestyle.” As Kylie begins to unravel clues to the puzzle, things take a sudden turn for the worse when Michael is found dead with a single bullet wound to the head inside of his very own apartment. Convinced that the police have failed to initiate an in-depth investigation, Kylie tries to persuade Detective Anthony Woods to dive deeper into the case of Michael’s death. Skeptical of Kylie’s competence, Detective Woods ultimately capitulates and teams with her in an effort to solve the investigation. Meanwhile, time is against them as they are met against enormous obstacles that put their own lives in jeopardy.
Screenings
Director
Derek Vitatoe
Producer
Don Wallace, Patricia McKenzie
Writer
Derek Vitatoe, Jupiter Makins
Cast
Angie Everhart, David Andrews

Director Bio
From an early age, Derek Vitatoe began creating storylines that resonate with many people, drawing from real life situations and realities by highlighting them through film and other creative avenues. After devoting over 20 years of his life to Corporate America holding various leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Johnson and Johnson, and Ford Motor Company, Vitatoe discovered his true purpose in life and decided to chase his destiny in film-making. Derek Vitatoe is widely known for his novels highlighting fictional detective Madeline Harris, the protagonist of the Madeline Harris series. His books, With These Hands and Deacon’s Circle, earned him a host of dedicated and faithful readers waiting in the wings for his next page-turner. Vitatoe then followed up with his first Non-Fiction book titled, Pink Slip Panic: A Manager’s Guide to Keeping Employees Off The Chopping Block. Continuing to follow and fulfill his passions, Vitatoe began his film career in 2011 by writing, directing, and producing his first short film, Fidelity, which received several accolades and screened at film festivals, including the Texas Black Film Festival. Vitatoe’s most recent script, Anathema, follows the lives of Private Investigator Kylie Morgan, and Detective Anthony Woods as they track down a ruthless killer. Vitatoe will serve as Director on this film, allowing actors to be their creative, unique selves while guiding them towards the end goal -- a complete and amazing movie. Vitatoe puts a great many of his own experiences into this film as well as his other projects. Vitatoe currently has over 4 intriguing scripts written that are in the pipeline to be produced in the near future. His passion for greatness is as deeply rooted in him as his passion for success. A master’s degree graduate from Central Michigan University, Vitatoe was accepted into the Chaffey Junior College Hall of Fame in 2004, receiving an award for Outstanding Performance and Career Achievement.