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The Sad Cafe, brings to life the gritty world where cause and effect, life and death, love and hatred play out a delicate balance. A place where unrequited love is the driving force behind closing ourselves off from the world, and is the cause of unrelenting bitterness to the happiness that was taken from us, the happiness we long for. The Sad Cafe is, at its core, a love story...a romance tragic in all aspects. A testimony to the pain people endure in their pursuit for love and companionship. Jack is a gun for hire who desires more out of life. His past yields great caution to bringing others close to him. Rose works at a café run by her father. She feels left behind in the world and longs to find her one and only. Every day Jack comes into her café. Every day she has his tea waiting for him. Every day they are silent with each other until one day, thanks to Jack’s partner Steve, he decides that he can’t continue living this way. Jack surprises Rose with flowers and the romance begins, leading Jack to the decision of a lifetime. What Jack is not prepared for is the alteration of not only his life, but the life of Rose as well.

The Sad Cafe

Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
Asian Films
Digital / DVD
Student film: 
Production year: 
September, 2010
Film Credits
About the Director: 

The Sad Cafe is Bennie Woodell's fourth feature film. His love for and inspiration from Hong Kong cinema, especially the films of Wong Kar-Wai, Johnnie To and Wai Ka_Fai, and John Woo, becomes extremely apparent in this film as it is his homage to the cinema that he loves most. Woodell graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006 with his Bachelors in Film/Video with a concentration on Directing. Since then he has been working extremely hard at honing his craft and getting his work out there. His past two films, Fast Zombies With Guns
and The Long December are slated for a July 26th release on DVD. When not directing, Woodell also wears the hat of cinematographer, and has DP'd 6 feature films.

Film director: 
Bennie Woodell
Karen Lynch and Andrew Janzen
Bennie Woodell
Bennie Woodell
Film photographer: 
Macario Cortes III
Mark Nadolski
Daniel J. Akers and Andy Pruski
Art Director: 
Lisa Haley
Scot Fontaine
Lisa Haley
Cast 1: 
Bradley Fowler
Cast 2: 
Katie Lanigan
Cast 3: 
John Laflamboy
Cast 4: 
James Jeske
Cast 5: 
Eliza Shin
Film synopsis: 
Jack is a gun for hire who wants more out of life but is afraid of what may happen due to what happened in the past. Rose works at a cafe run by her father who feels left behind in the world and wants to find her one and only. Everyday Jack comes into her coffee shop. Everyday she has his tea waiting for him. Everyday they never say a word to each other until one day thanks to Jack's partner Steve, he decides he can't go on living this way. He surprises her and the two begin a budding romance that will lead Jack to the decision of a lifetime given to him by his boss, that will not only alter his future but Rose's as well.
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
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Action On Film Festival 2011

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Publicity contact: 
Bennie Woodell
publicity address: 
25148 Edgar Antioch IL, 60002
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The Sad Cafe Trailer

The trailer for The Sad Cafe can be viewed here:

and our International trailer is here:

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