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About the Film

Release tells the story of a woman who must confront her past when unforeseen circumstances force her to face her estranged family. It’s a unique, personal story of internal struggle, growth and the evolution of a young woman grappling with her environment, and the people who have placed her there. Release is the definition of a true independent feature film. The picture was self-financed by four filmmakers, and was photographed over the course of 16 days on location in Atlanta, Georgia.


Festivals & Awards


Jackie Renee Robinson

  • Jackie's Bio

    Jackie made her Netflix debut in Episode 105 of the upcoming (summer 2017) Original Series “Mindhunter” by executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron. She also made her big screen debut in Office Christmas Party starring Jennifer Anniston and TJ Miller. She worked as a collaborator on an Internet-content based sketch comedy show called Blogologues from 2012-2015. In addition, she is a member of a Brooklyn- based new works theater company, Oh Force! Theatre Co. Jackie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a proud member of Actor’s Equity. She also is represented in the Southeast for film/TV/voiceover by Evolution Talent Agency.

Lauren Karaman

  • Lauren's Bio

    Lauren Karaman is an actress and plus-size model. Selected NY/Regional credits include: Holding the Man (Tom Kirdahy Productions), The Tempest (RhinoLeap Productions), When I Started Dating Men (Dixon Place), Meet Fat Barbie (The Amoralists), The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Abrons Arts) Late For Brunch (The PIT), She Loves Me (UNCSA) As a model, Lauren has walked in NYFW and worked for clients such as Max Mara, JCPenney, Christian Siriano, Refinery29 and supermodel Ashley Graham’s line, Addition Elle. Check out her videos and interviews on Refinery29, where she was named one of “Six Inspirational Women Redefining Typical Body Types.”

J.R. Adduci

Jared Fortner
  • J.R.'s Bio

    J.R. Adduci is a New York City classically trained actor who has appeared in several feature films and shorts, as well as numerous national ads. Most recently, he co-starred in the indie feature Fare which was picked up by Sony pictures through Orchard media. He is mostly known in Charlotte, North Carolina, for being brand ambassador for Morris Jenkins where he plays the character Bobby. While JR has enjoyed film and television work, he maintains that his true passion is the stage and has had the honor of tackling iconic roles such as R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Stanley Kowalski in A Street Car Named Desire. He is now based out of Los Angeles, but still works on the East Coast and nationally for projects he is passionate about.

Antonio de Graffenreaidt

  • Antonio's Bio

    Antonio enrolled at Winston-Salem State University, intent on a career as a cardiovascular surgeon. However, after attending his first college science course, he quickly realized that medicine was not for him. After quickly realizing his natural desire to perform, he geared the remainder of his college career directly toward the theatre. During his junior year at the university, Antonio developed a relationship with a popular local community theatre group, The Stained Glass Playhouse. During the three seasons that he participated at the playhouse, he performed in a variety of over 30 Classical and Contemporary plays.
    Upon graduation, he landed his first opportunity with commercial work during the 2012 World Cup, where he appeared in an International Nissan Commercial. Since 2012, Antonio has worked as an Assistant Director for the hit web series “First,” about a couple’s introduction and growth of a long relationship until its final episode in 2016. In 2014, Antonio was cast in the independent feature film “Release” in a main supporting role. Since 2014, Antonio has studied with Aaron Speiser Studios and is currently studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. In 2014 he produced, wrote and led the cast in the short film How to not Kill A Woman (2014) which received recognition for its originality and performance. Later in 2016, he produced, directed and starred in the short film Relapse (2016).

Behind The Scenes

Behind The Camera

Edward Varnie

  • Edward's Bio

    Edward Varnie is a writer, director, and producer living in Decatur, Georgia. He’s a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Filmmaking with a concentration in Directing where he was mentored and taught by acclaimed and accomplished directors John Adams and Peter Bogdanovich. These relationships gave Edward confidence to pursue a career as an independent writer and director. Edward prefers to examine race relations, political issues, and the human experience with every opportunity he is given to tell a story. This epitomized the films he made during his time at school, and professionally with his first feature film, Release. He is currently developing three feature length film scripts.

Graham Waldrop

  • Graham's Bio

    Graham Waldrop is an independent film and game producer who studied screenwriting and directing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for filmmaking and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA for Interactive Game Design and Development in 2014; studying game design and project management. Working in two different fields has allowed Graham to be well rounded and multifaceted when it comes to leading any creative project through meticulous preparation, collaboration, and communication. Graham co-wrote and produced the self-financed independent feature film drama, Release, directed by Edward Varnie. The picture is slated to begin hitting the independent festival circuit in 2017. Graham is currently assisting Varine in developing his next project, the hauntingly contemporary independent film,“ Raymond Tillman”, and writing a period drama picture set in late 19th century Australia. Graham wants nothing more than to continue telling personal, emotional stories in film and the interactive medium.

Alexa Reass

  • Alexa's Bio

    Alexa Reass graduated from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in filmmaking. Alexa also produced two award winning shorts while attending UNCSA. She brings to the table not only knowledge of budgeting and scheduling but also knowledge of working on films in pre-production, production, and post production. Alexa has worked in film and TV production for seven years and established herself as an independent producer with her first feature film, Release. She currently works at a production company as a post production coordinator. She is an integral part of delivering TV shows to networks for broadcast. As an independent producer, she wants to focus on making projects related to cultural,

    racial, and moral issues in today’s world.

Daniel Satinoff

  • Daniel's Bio

    Ever since his childhood, Daniel Satinoff has wanted to be a cinematographer. As a result of this drive, Daniel attended a rigorous arts high school program with a concentration in filmmaking that allowed him to begin developing his skills in photography and cinematography. He then continued his education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking where he earned his BFA in Cinematography.

    After graduating, Daniel moved to Los Angeles where he has worked as a digital imaging technician on major commercials and television series. This experience working with highly skilled Directors of Photography in every type of shooting environment has allowed Daniel to widen his artistic reach and further refine his skills behind the camera.

    Daniel has brought this knowledge to bear on the three features, various music videos and short films he has lensed. Daniel’s first feature, As the Crow Flies won the M. Caroll Raver Award for Cinematography at the Garden State Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Cincinatti Film Festival. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Marquis C. Mosley

  • Marquis' Bio

    Marquis C. Mosley is originally from Newark, New Jersey. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design for my BFA in Film as well as minored in business management. After college, he decided to try his hand in Atlanta–doing dailies work for shows like “Being Mary Jane” for BET and “Vampire Diaries”.
    He later transitioned to an Assistant Editor–working on Season 1 of “The Prancing Elites Project” for Oxygen, “Your Worst Nightmare”, Season 4 of “Swamp Murders” for ID as well as jumping on board as a digital compositor for the pilote episode of “ATLANTA”.
    Mosley has now begun cutting feature films, and is hoping to aid in expanding the post-production market in the city of Atlanta.