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'Magnum Opus' national security thriller 

National security thriller “Magnum Opus” will be screened for the first time at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. The film released on VOD and DVD in November 2017. Gravitas Ventures administers distribution domestically, while Screen Media International handles international sales, and they will continue to present the film to foreign buyers at MIPCOM and AFM.


With the tagline, “Truth, Justice and Other Casualties of War,” the film’s plot explores of-the-minute political and national security issues, centering on the struggle between liberty and our need to be protected from our enemies. 

While providing subtle commentary about how the news media influences the perception of factual events, the film makes abundant references to the U.S. government spying on citizens and U.S. officials lying to win an election. Additional allusions to Edward Snowden and the suggestion of WikiLeaks-style activism give a realistic, “ripped-from-the-headlines” credence to the premise.


“Magnum Opus” marks the debut of director Kevin Elliott and screenwriter Scott Stoddard and was filmed by award-winning cinematographer Bobby Lam (“Best Cinematography – Narrative Feature” for “A Leading Man” at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival). Newcomer Amanda Upson and TV and film production veteran Marc Newland serve as producers. 

It stars Louise Griffiths as Monica Davenport (“Unknown Caller,” “The Revenant,” “Chastity Bites”), Adam J. Harrington as Daniel Cliff (“TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “CSI,” “Training Day,” “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Clark Johnson as Robert Cochran (“The Wire,” “Alpha House”) and Pej Vahdat as Sean Dabashi (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “Bones,” “Shameless,” “Sneaky Pete”). Norm Lewis will appear as Charlie Lutwidge (“Scandal,” 2012 Tony Award-nominated actor for his lead role in “Porgy and Bess”) and Dustin Ingram as Private Sattler (Martin Scorsese’s HBO series “Rock and Roll,” “Paranormal Activity 3”). 

In addition, the film features the signature “Oilgraph” paintings by artist Kevin Rolly and a score by composer Erik Aho, 2013 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s David Rose Award, whose film and TV credits include originalmusic for “The Amazing Race” (ABC) and “The Bachelor” (CBS).

Sunday, Oct. 15
10 a.m.


Clark Johnson (Robert Cochran)
Pej Vahdat (Sean Dabashi)
Louise Griffiths (Monica Davenport)
Angela Alvarado (Rosa)

Director Kevin Elliott
Producer Amanda Upson
Script Writer Scott Stoddard
Cinematographer Bobby Lam
Composer Erik Aho
Artist Kevin Rolly
Wardrobe Genny Logan


Laemmle’s Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025