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Despite facing debilitating traumatic events, a veteran police chief in a small West Texas town battles through the challenges of post-traumatic stress for the good of the community.

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12 Nominations, 6 Awards

Best Actor Modern Day Short Western John Layne

Best Supporting Actress Modern Day Short Western Wendy Pennington

Best Song “6 Ft.” Jett Platt

Best Modern Day Short Western Film

Best Modern-Day Western

Best Drama Short

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2 Nominations/Finalist Awards

Best Acting Performance John Layne

Best Dark Drama

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Official Selection

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Official Selection

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Best Female Director, Wendy Pennington

Community Awareness Award, A Dark Destiny

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Official Selection

After accepting the police chief’s job in a small West Texas town, retired veteran officer John Garrison is thrust into complicated turmoil when he must confront his secretary’s estranged husband after he brutally assaults her. Still reeling from the consequences of that encounter, the chief and his veteran detective find themselves amid a murder investigation connected to the disappearance of a young woman from the town. Garrison suddenly realizes he’s back on the front lines of combating horrific crime and the debilitating trauma that comes with the job. Despite these challenges, he battles through them for the good of the town.

This film, "A DARK DESTINY," is one I believe is important to bring to an audience in these modern times. The struggle of mental health affects all who experience trauma, including our law enforcement. After the capital riots, when two capital police committed suicide, I knew someone had to spotlight these regular human beings who are expected to be superhuman at low cost and low safety. Now, with the recent evil act in West Texas, this conversation resonates on a whole new level. Thank you for listening to and watching our film.

– Wendy Pennington

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