The Judgment of Parrish is the Grand Prize winner of the 19th Annual Fade in Awards.
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PARRISH is ten years old, with intelligent, penetrating eyes that sit large behind metal-rimmed glasses. He is stalking PAUL, an up and coming actor in his late forties. When Paul finally meets Parrish on a film set, he knows who he is — the son he abandoned as a baby.
Parrish is not like other boys. Argumentative, sharp-witted, and prone to uncontrollable rages, Parrish lives on the streets while working on the film. When Paul discovers this, he decides to take Parrish back to his mother CALLISTA in North Carolina, only to discover unexpected surprises and reversals. This is a journey of an estranged father, mother, and son — a road trip that takes place in schools, hospitals, and audition spaces.
“This is the most deeply personal project I’ve undertaken. Many of the episodes are drawn from experiences with the bipolar children and adults I have mentored or known. I also drew upon my own imperfections and difficulties as a father, enough so that the dialogue stings when I hear it. The twists and turns in the story developed organically out of Paul’s vocation as an actor and Parrish’s talent as a teller of tales. I only hope I’ve done justice to the boys, fathers and mothers who have inspired The Judgment of Parrish.” — Mark Ching, writer-director