Mark Tullius Releases Video Adaptation of His Short Story, ‘Five Minutes Alone’

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The film adaptation of a short story by Mark Tullius, ‘Five Minutes Alone,’ asks viewers a tough and very personal question.

This story about the will of a father that gets the opportunity to torture his daughter's murderer is a visual philosophical debate. I created a juxtaposed image of modern man and the debate of justice.

Five Minutes Alone imagines a future that bears some similarities to present day: compact cars look about the same, and teenagers still wear earbuds constantly. However, this near-future (the mid-2030’s, to be more specific) bears at least one stark contrast to today’s world, which becomes apparent as the story unfolds.

Five Minutes Alone is based on a short story of the same name, written by Mark Tullius. The story, which was adapted for film as well as directed and produced by Cheyann Montiel Reagan, appears in the novel 25 Perfect Days, in which Tullius uses various perspectives and interlocking stories to chronicle a very dystopian version of the future.

The film depicts a family visiting the prison that holds the man who (it is implied) murdered their beloved young daughter/ sister. In this version of the future, each family member gets five minutes alone in a room with the man, and a tantalizing selection of various weapons is displayed along the wall. The members of the family are at liberty to use the weapons, or verbally berate the man who took their daughter/sister away, while a guard keeping time waits nearby.

Reagan says of the film, "This story about the will of a father that gets the opportunity to torture his daughter's murderer is a visual philosophical debate. I created a juxtaposed image of modern man and the debate of justice."

Author Mark Tullius is interested in learning more about where our society stands on violence and retribution. This has led him to create an online survey asking viewers what they would do in such a position. Tullius, who is also currently conducting a sociological study on MMA fighters, believes that the short story and film can spark an interesting conversation. Tullius asks a powerful and thought-provoking question, "I want people to think, to question their beliefs. Would you take another's life? Would you let your children?"

Mark Tullius

Mark Tullius is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in sociology. He is also a former MMA fighter who has traveled across the country to 100 MMA gyms to take an in-depth look at the sport, the fighters, and why the fighters compete. His book chronicling these experiences, Unlocking the Cage is set for release during the summer of 2014.

For more information, please visit http://marktullius.com/.

To take the 5 Minutes Alone: What Would You Do? Survey: https://poll-en.herokuapp.com/survey/oe0ff0pw.

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