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Winter 1839. LIBERTY, MISSOURI. Local jailer, Samuel Tillery (Jasen Wade) is tasked with watching Missouri's most wanted men as they await their upcoming hearing. Caught between the local Missourians' increased drive to remove the prisoners, and the prisoners' desperate efforts to survive, Tillery is pushed beyond what any lawman can endure. Based on actual recorded accounts, OUT OF LIBERTY is an intense, evocative western, with an outcome you have to see to believe.
Q&A with Director, Garrett Batty
Where did the concept come from for Out of Liberty?I love a good Western, and I've wanted to do one for a while. The events at Liberty Jail involve a triangle of conflict between the jailer, the mob and the prisoners. It seemed like an intriguing plot to explore. Amidst some of the better known occurances were attempted jailbreaks, repeated appeals to the legal system and an impromptu court hearing. With 1830’s Missouri as a setting, it’s the perfect backdrop for a powerful western.
What is the inspiration behind the story?
If you had to summarize the film in one line what would it be?OUT OF LIBERTY is based on the true events that happened at Liberty Jail in 1839. Mob rule and public opinion collided with religious liberties and expressions of faith. It lead to a conflict that escalated beyond what either side wanted. Today, with ever-present social media and opinionated commentators stirring up reactions and attacks toward any differing belief, the similarities felt very relevant. Fortunately, we see in both cases, that principled individuals, dedicated to the good of society, can make a difference.
What do you hope people take away from this film?OUT OF LIBERTY is a western drama about a jailer caught between his civic job to keep Missouris’s most wanted men held for trial, and his personal duty to protect them from those who want them dead.
What other films have you directed?When audiences go to the theater to see OUT OF LIBERTY, I hope they come away thinking “Wow, that was an awesome film! Let’s see it again.” It’s really a cool story, and to see it in theaters brings it to life in a way that no other format can.
OUT OF LIBERTY is my fourth feature film. Other features I’ve written and directed are THE SARATOV APPROACH, FREETOWN and SCOUT CAMP.
So this movie will not be winning any awards at the oscars, but the story in it is pretty amazing.
A story about being persecuted for what you believe in. Men being held for no reason other than his religious beliefs. Sadly, it was often happening back then, so much so that it was normal. If injustice was happening to someone over their religion, people didn't bat an eye. There was definite injustices with these men.
Then there's the guy who protects them and jails them at the same time. Imagine what a place he must have been in. I wouldn't want his job.
It wasn't the best acting in the world, but it was well put together. It looks like a high quality film when you're watching too.
It's the teachings in this one that matter the most though.
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