"The McHenry Trial," Short Film

I am Ken Sagoes, a supporter of positive stories of the arts. I am asking for your support to help make a wonderful short-film called “The McHenry Trial.” It is the story about a 14-year-old inner-city prodigy who becomes a trial lawyer. He defends his homeless father who had been accused of murder. He also defends himself against an arrogant prosecutor and his rights to defend his father before a hard-nosed judge who is said to be the last of the old-school segregationist. Very rarely do we see our inner-city youth in such a powerful light on the screen.

Short Summary

A young and brilliant academic Phenom not only passes the Bar Exam at age 14 but finds himself defending his homeless father on a murder charge when few believe his father is innocent.

Why I Need your Help?

I have more than half of the budget that I need, but I need to raise at least $5,000 more to complete this project.

The funds will cover Equipment, crew, studio and other location rentals, food for actors, as well as editing, insurance, and music rights. Also, we need to raise money in order to pay for our actors and since we are filming a legal minor, we need to be able to pay for a studio teacher to be present while the minor is on set per California state law. 

I have brought together a professional crew and cast. I have a studio location for two of the four days I will be filming. I would like to submit this project to film festivals around the country. Many festivals have stated they are interested in this film based on the synopsis and stated it’s the kind of story the fans would welcome.

The script received top honor from a top Hollywood coverage writer with a RECOMMEND as the final score, stating, “Your young hero is wonderfully likable and his relationship with his father is well told. I like your characters, especially DeShawn’s family – and I think the movie audience will, too. Looking ahead, you not only have a sellable feature story for a screenplay, but I can see this becoming a TV series as well.”

About the crew:

 Ken Sagoes (Director/Writer): Sagoes is an award-winning writer and actor. Ken is also the founder of GBC-Giving Back Corporation, a 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1997. Ken has helped nearly 500 college-bound youth with their education. Ken Sagoes is very committed to any project he creates, especially showing our youth in a positive light.  He has written for Disney and Paramount. He also studied Writing and Directing at UCLA. Sagoes has been acknowledged by Governors in Georgia, New York, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, California, North Carolina, as well as former President Bill Clinton for his humanitarian work and giving-back to the communities. Former Governor Gray Davis of California proclaimed the 25th Day of April, 1999 as ‘Ken Sagoes’ Day.’

 Danni Conner (Line Producer): Danni Conner. Danni is a noted producer having worked on projects on major networks such as NBC, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, Discovery, and Oxygen to name a few to date. Danni attended Clark-Atlanta University.

 Producer: Sylvester Warren.  Sylvester graduated from Full Sail University with a BS in Entertainment Business and he was the Class Salutatorian.  

First AD: James Mahoney.  James has been working in the film and television industry for the last ten years. Before moving to Los Angeles, he studied film production at De Anza College in Cupertino. An avid film buff and storyteller, James is excited to be a part of "The McHenry Trial". He has more than 39 credits as a 1st AD.

Wardrobe: Mylette Nora. Mylette is one of Hollywood’s most respected wardrobe and costume designers around. In addition of being the costume designer on such projects as: “If not for His Grace,” “As Evil Does,” the TV series, and “Ward of the State.” Mylette has been wardrobe supervisor for more than 60 episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Set Decorator: Marian Nusser. Marian comes from the city of Chicago and has become one of the busiest set designers in Hollywood. Most recently she worked on the mini-series, “Camp Nick” and “The 11th Order.”

Your contributions will directly assist in accomplishing the goals for this film. We look forward to being able to cross the need for money off our list of pre-production items with your help!


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Ken Sagoes 
Inglewood, CA
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