Kevin Sorbo as Sean Justice and Sunny Doench as Rona Samms in COFFIN, a film by Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo. Copyright © 2010 Skyrocket Productions LLC. All rights reserved.


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  • Kasra Amirsoleimani
  • Paul Atang
  • Katt Daddy
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Synthia Johnson
  • Burton Wheeler
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Coffin (2011)

Opened: 10/28/2011 Limited

Premiere10/22/2011 - 10/22/20111 day
LA Premiere10/27/2011 - 10/27/20111 day
Sunset 5/LA10/28/2011 - 11/03/20117 days

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Genre: Crime Thriller

Rated: Unrated


Sean Justice jolts awake from a dead sleep. It's pitch black. The box he's in is wooden, with rough edges. After feeling around, he realizes he is not alone. A woman lies beside him, unconscious. He knows who she before even laying eyes on her. After finding a flashlight in the coffin, Sean explores his surroundings: a wooden box about the size of a queen-sized bed, with only two feet of clearance. Then he sees it. A video camera in the corner, next to extra batteries for the flashlight, a cell phone, and a note. And that's when the woman, Rona Samms, awakens.

Long Synopsis

Jack Samms arrives to his luxurious home only to be surprised by a masked intruder - who identifies himself only as 'Trick.' Trick reveals information about his wife, Rona. Trick details to Jack why he is there and produces a video feed from a camera. The video feed shows Jack's wife and her lover, Sean, trapped in a wooden box that is buried at an undisclosed location.

Sean reads the note to Rona. It details how they only have two hours of air left and they are buried six feet under at an undisclosed location. And the cell phone they have is designed to only receive calls, and their video feed will be shown to one person. From there, the two lovers have to concoct a plan to try and escape. All of this is shown to Jack, while Trick reveals his scam. The puppet master has set a plan in motion to pin the murders on Jack unless the wealthy tycoon pays a large ransom in exchange for the location of the 'coffin'.

A cat and mouse battle of wits ensues between Jack and Trick while the clock ticks on Rona and Sean. When Jack escapes and calls the cell phone in the box, he attempts to find the wooden prison on his own. But soon, Trick finds him and forces Jack to pay in an unexpected way. When the location is given to Jack and he races against time to save his adulterous wife, he is in for the shock of his life.

About the Cast

Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo has enjoyed success on television for over 20 consecutive years, a feat rarely accomplished by an actor. Sorbo quickly rose to stardom in the title role of the hit series, "Hercules, the Legendary Journeys". Following the success of "Hercules", Sorbo went on to star in the lead role of "Captain Dylan Hunt" in "Gene Roddenberry?s, Andromeda". The series, based upon writings from the late "Star Trek" creator?s archives, debuted as the number one hour show in first run syndication and held that spot throughout its five year run from 2000-2005.

In 1997, Sorbo made his feature film debut in Universal Studio's "Kull, the Conqueror", a prequel to "Conan, the Barbarian". Other films include, "Walking Tall, the Payback", "Walking Tall, Lone Justice, "Last Chance Cafe", "Something Beneath", "Clipping Adam", "Never Cry Werewolf", "An American Carol" with David Zucker, "Meet the Spartans", "Lightning Strikes", "Tommy and the Cool Mule", "Prairie Fever", and "Avenging Angel" which aired the summer of 2007 and was the third highest rated movie in the history of the Hallmark Channel. Sorbo also starred in "Meet the Spartans" a spoof on "300" for New Regency and 20th Century Fox.

Sorbo has guest starred on the hit shows "Just Shoot Me", "According to Jim", "Hope and Faith", "Two and a Half Men, "The Middleman", "Psych", and had recurring appearances on "Dharma and Greg", and on Fox?s "The OC" in 2006-2007.

Bruce Davison

The Academy Award Nominated and Golden Globe Winning actor Bruce Davison plays the put-upon banker Garrison in "Coffin." The veteran actor has been a familiar face in many movies and television shows for over thirty years.

In 1990 he portrayed a gay man whose lover is dying of AIDS, in Longtime Companion. The role earned Davison a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the same role. Davison went on to appear in other movies addressing AIDS: in 1995's The Cure, he portrayed a physician sought by a young boy with AIDS in search of medical help. In 1996, Davison appeared in the film It's My Party, which chronicled the true events of a man dying with AIDS who decides to hold a farewell party for family and friends before taking his own life. He also played the role of Ruby in the 1985 comedy Spies Like Us starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase.

He is familiar to movie audiences for Runaway Jury, Apt Pupil, and his role as Senator Robert Kelly in the X-Men movie franchise. Though his character died in the first film, Davison appeared in X2 as a shape shifting impostor of Kelly. Davison also portrayed a rich philanthropist in the movie Christmas Angel. Davison's many television credits include Hunter, Marcus Welby, M.D., Love, American Style, The Waltons, Lou Grant, Murder, She Wrote, Designing Women, Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, V: The Series, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, CSI: Miami, Ghost Whisperer, the Stephen King mini-series Kingdom Hospital, and a recurring role on The Practice. Davison also had the recurring role of defense attorney Doug Hellman in the CBS drama Close to Home.

Johnny Alonso

Johnny Alonso got his degree in acting from N.Y.U.'s Actor's Studio. A scout from ABC studios saw Alonso's work during an improvisational technique class and asked him to audition for a role they had not been able to book for almost two months. Alonso landed a one year contract role as "Seth," a Pine Valley High School student (Susan Lucci's nephew) on All My Children straight out of the Actor's Studio. From there many gigs have followed: a guest starring role next to Ned Betty and Andre Brauer on Homicide, a two episode guest starring contract on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (Alonso also worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar on All My Children), a contract role next to Samuel L. Jackson in Rules Of Engagement, and as the bass playing boyfriend of Rachel Leigh Cooke's character in Stateside. Alonso?s most prominent role to date has been his recurring role as Jimmy Franco, a snide junior stock broker, on the last season of Dawson's Creek. What was originally a two episode contract became an eight episode run. Since hitting his stride this up and coming actor has worked non-stop in many other series and projects including the F.B.I. Files, One Tree Hill, Johnny Come Lately, Night Cry, The Passing, and Good People. Alonso is also the host of NASA 360 ~Excerpt from IMDb mini biography, Joey Vinceno.

Sunny Doench

Sunny has just completed the lead role opposite Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) in the psychological thriller "Coffin". (Also with Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison and Johnny Alonso.) And in May, she wrapped work as Producer and Lead Actress in 6 comedic, national commercials for the iTag commercial campaign. This year should see the release of her feature film "Corporate Cut-Throat" and "Victim of Circumstance." She also works opposite Leighton Meester (star of "Gossip Girl") in the feature film, "Remember The Daze" - currently airing on TV. And look forward to the release of the feature horror film "A Darker Reality" with Sunny in the role of Jessie Metcalfe opposite Daniel Baldwin. This movie comes from the executive producer of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You can see Sunny in the role of Annie Webber opposite Molly Sims (Delinda Deline) and Josh Duhamel (Danny McCoy) in the hit NBC television series Las Vegas. After seeing the first cut, Emmy-nominated director, John Badham(Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Short Circuit said of Sunny's performance in Las Vegas: "Sunny is terrific, funny and touching in it. I'm thankful for her making such a vibrant contribution to our show."

Patrick Barnitt

Patrick Barnitt has been working as an actor for nearly 20 years. He worked with David Fincher on the acclaimed thriller, Se7en. He also appeared in Star Trek: First Contact as a Borg and continued in that role on Star Trek:Voyager for several seasons. Other credits include Santa Barbara, Working, The Waiters, Suspense with Dennis Hopper, In Enemy Hands, Las Vegas, and Eleventh Hour. He recently appeared in a national commercial for Subway directed by Rudi Schwab. He is also a well known jazz vocalist in Los Angeles appearing regularly at the famed Dresden Room and other venues in town. He will be appearing in the upcoming Kelly Olsen directed documentary, Marty and Elayne: Stayin Alive at the Dresden. His debut album, When the Time is Right, is a collection of jazz standards.

About the Crew

Kipp Tripple (Writer/Director/Producer)

Kipp launched his first feature in 1996, the action drama, SUGAR CAIN. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film, which was picked up by Artist View Entertainment. Through that relationship, he then co-produced the feature film MOVING TARGETS with Edgewood Studios. Shortly after that success, he became one of the first producers ever to work with the revolutionary 24p High Definition format when he co-wrote, produced, and starred in the romantic comedy, UP, MICHIGAN!, for Fantastic Films. After a lengthy stint on stage, he returned to film by co-writing, producing, and starring in the character drama, RUNNING SPRINGS. He credits since then include THE WAITERS, STILL WATERS, and BACHELOR PARTY MASSACRE. On the small screen, he has acquired the rights to "THE CID FILES", a drama series focusing on the lives of military investigators. Kipp is managed by Benderspink. Additional info is available at:

Derik Wingo (Director/Producer)

Derik Wingo started his entertainment career in 1995 as a Special Effects Artist. He quickly climbed the ranks, going on to work with the most prestigious artists and studios in the business including Rick Baker, George Lucas?s Industrial Light and Magic, KNB FX, and Masters FX, where he attained the position of Studio Supervisor. Some notable projects include: Star Trek: First Contact, TV?s "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Deep Space Nine", Magnolia with Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman, BASEketball, Slither, What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams, Men In Black II with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, Norbit with Eddie Murphy, Tim Burton?s Planet Of The Apes, Click with Adam Sandler and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Mr. Wingo has since been performing and directing for stage and screen including, Barefoot In The Park, Feeding the Moonfish and The Last Cigarette. He has served as a second unit director for History Channel specials and has worked under Emmy Award© winning director Shelley Jensen on his celebrated rendition of Romeo and Juliet. He has also appeared in numerous other independent films and in the Telly Award winning, Shot From The Sky and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" as a regular performer. As Co-Director/Producer and actor on Coffin, Wingo was honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of the extraordinary team of filmmakers and performers that helped bring this film to the screen.

Spencer F. Johnson (Executive Producer)

A board certified general psychiatrist and practitioner of holistic health by vocation and a filmmaker by passion, Dr. Johnson is an award winning prose writer with ten (10) years experience behind the scenes as a consultant to various independent film projects and has served as a motivational consultant to actors, producers and industry professionals. His training and skills as a psychiatrist are put to good use as a Casting Director, a function he served in the independent feature, "When Betty Calls" (along with being the endeavor's Associate Producer & 2nd Assistant Director). Spencer founded Skyrocket Productions and is a graduate of the Hollywood Film Institute whose zest for films and filmmaking led him to launch the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza and to create the films "Safehouse" and "Coffin."

David Stever (Producer)

Mr. Stever is a produced screenwriter, film producer, and published author. His original screenplay, SAFEHOUSE, was produced in, August 2007, by Skyrocket Productions and is currently in distribution through Artist View Entertainment. He was also a co-producer on SAFEHOUSE. Mr. Stever is the producer of the thriller, COFFIN, starring Kevin Sorbo and Bruce Davison. Mr. Stever produced COFFIN for Skyrocket Productions in June 2010. COFFIN is distributed worldwide by Artist View Entertainment.

His short script, THE PROPRIETOR, was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Gimme Credit short screenplay competition; and his creative non-fiction short story, ANOTHER POOR BASTARD, was published by, CONSTELLATION ~ AN INTERNATIONAL LITERARY REVIEW, University of Maryland University College, June 2007.

George Maranville (Producer/Editor)

George Maranville has worked as a producer, writer and director in film and media production for over twenty years. His recent work includes working as a producer on, Tan Lines, a feature length comedy that shot in Louisville, KY in June 2011 and starred TV's Josh Lucas. He was a producer/editor on the thriller Coffin, starring Academy Award Nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men, Runaway Jury, etc...) and Kevin Sorbo (Meet the Spartans, Andromeda, Hercules), which is currently in post production. Coffin was preceded by two kids films, the Kansas City lensed Matchmaker Mary, starring Dee Wallace (E.T., Blake Edward's 10, House of the Devil, etc...) and Jeff Fahey from ABC's Lost, The Lawnmower Man, Grindhouse, White Hunter Black Heart and many more). This was followed directly by the soon to be released Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency starring Luke Perry of Beverly Hill's 90210 fame and legendary character actor M. Emmet Walsh (Raising Arizona, Blade Runner, Silkwood, Straight Time and many more).

David Lanham (Producer)

David Lanham is a producer, actor, stuntman, and author. His most recent work was as a producer on the independent thriller Coffin, starring Academy Award Nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men, Runaway Jury, etc) and Kevin Sorbo (Meet the Spartans, Andromeda, Hercules). Coffin is currently in post production and will be released worldwide by Artist View Entertainment in the winter of 2011.

Keiko Nakahara (Director of Photography)

Keiko Nakahara, an ASC honored cinematographer, was born and raised in Japan. At the age of 22, she moved to U.S. and studied cinematography at San Diego Sate University. During her school, she received an honor for Outstanding in cinematography, as she shot award winning short film,"Mira Mar st." and a documentary "Blue Fish." After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she has lensed award winning features, short films, and documentaries. Her work has been shown at films festivals internationally such as Santa Barbara Film Festival, Sydney Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival, and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. In 2010, she was honored as one of outstanding up-and-coming cinematographers at Friends of ASC website by the president of The American Society of Cinematographers, Michael Goi.