Los Angeles-based Hybrid Edit partner and editor Susan Munro teamed up with first time director Gordie Haakstad and producer Tore Knos to edit the inspiring, coming of age feature film, Abel’s Field. Acquired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, AFFIRM Films/Provident Films, and Covenant Road Entertainment the film is scheduled to debut this month via digital download, digital rental, and DVD.
A story of faith, friendship and finding hope in unlikely places, Abel’s Field takes place in a small rural town of West Texas where a young man is on life’s journey of trials and tribulations and is aided by the friendship of a mentor. The film stars Kevin Sorbo, Samuel Davis and Richard Dillard and is adapted from a screenplay by Aron Flasher.
Left motherless by tragedy and fatherless by abandonment, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) is under enormous pressure to support his young twin sisters. At home, he has no one to turn to. At work, he struggles to earn enough money to make ends meet. And at school, he endures the daily bullying from members of the football team.
When Seth fights back, he's singled out by the football coach and assigned to an after-school work detail. Laboring alongside reserved groundskeeper Abel (Kevin Sorbo) to get the football field ready for the big game, Seth is surprised to discover that Abel understands his struggles … and his dreams. Abel encourages Seth to ask out popular Katie and even steps in to babysit so Seth can go out on the date. Yet as dark circumstances lure Seth toward a desperate decision, a reluctant Abel could be the one person who points him back toward the light.
“Meeting with Gordie confirmed that we’d be the perfect director/editor match. I was drawn to the script and the film because of its theme of hope, honesty and accountability. It was an amazing experience working with Gordie and creating the final product was so rewarding,” Susan reflects.
A television commercial editor by trade, Susan has extensive experience working with long format pieces including a feature length documentary titled, A Place to Live which was honored as the Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest 2008. Her experience with film spans short form as well, a prior project, Tell Me Who Ruby Was (2001) won Best Short Film at the Sonoma Film Festival. Additionally she has edited short films, The Debt Collector (2012), In The Eyes (2011), A Conversation with Ray Bradbury (2008), A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square (2008), First (2007) and others.