"Let Mercy Come" explores the rise of racial/ethnic hatred in contemporary America, and focuses on Maia, an unemployed young woman who consorts with a small group of down-on-their-luck blue collar men who have embraced white supremacy. After befriending a Syrian refugee, Maia is forced to rethink her preconceptions about race and chose between loyalty to the gang and doing the right thing — a choice with potentially violent consequences.
"Let Mercy Come" is a short narrative film exploring the rise of racial hatred in contemporary America. It focuses on Maia, a devout but disaffected young woman who consorts with a small group of white supremacists. After falling into a relationship with a Syrian refugee, Maia is forced to rethink her preconceptions about race and choose between loyalty to the gang and doing the right thing — a choice with potentially violent consequences.
"Let Mercy Come" premiered on October 5, 2018 at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The film also screened at the Queens World Film Festival in New York City on March 27, 2019 and at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ on March 30. "Let Mercy Come" received a Best Supporting Actor Award in the Short Film category (for Matt Riker) and a Best Actress nomination in the Short Film category (for Kate Garfield) at the Garden State Film Festival. The film also received a nomination for Best Ensemble Narrative Short at the Queens World Film Festival and a Certificate of Merit from the Rochester International Film Festival. "Let Mercy Come" was also a Finalist in the International Short Film Competition at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX. The next screening will be at the Coney Island Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY on September 15, 2019.
Writer / Director.....Andrew Serban
Executive Producer....Andrew Serban
Producers.....Courtney Bissonette, Andrew Serban
Director of Photography.....Nicolas Doldinger
Kyle.....Will Van Moss
Male Cop.....Teren Carter
Female Cop.....Jamie Ragusa
Young Rahim.....Danny Guzman
Assistant Director / Production Sound.....Edmar Flores
Assistant Camera / Camera Operator.....Kyle Taylor
Gaffer / Grip.....Scott Surman
Hair / Makeup.....Leona Ross
Production Assistant.....Matthew Fay
Location Scout.....Courtney Bissonette
Suffolk County Police Consultant.....Officer Michael Bissonette
“Let Mercy Come” tells the story of a disaffected young woman who learns the meaning of tolerance and acceptance and finds the courage to stand tall against the evil of white supremacy — in spite of overwhelming odds and at great risk to herself and her loved one. Intended as a commentary on the world of today — a world plagued by racism, a rise in ethnic hate crimes and the concomitant spread of far-right extremism, the film was inspired by the following quote from the contemporary political & social essayist Chris Hedges: “To resist evil is the highest achievement of human life. It is the supreme act of love…”