How does one connect a passage from the Bible to the infamous McCarthy era? If you’re Simon Cookson (pictured), it all starts with the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:1-31.

Cookson was recently declared the winner at Pinewood Studios of The Pitch, an annual short film competition that awards a £25,000 production budget and trip to Los Angeles. This fall, the maker of The Light will come to Los Angeles with a friend or family member and get to meet with – among others – Ralph Winter, producer of the X-Men franchise. From the film description:

A police lieutenant during the Red Scare of the 1950s suddenly rejects his former oppressive ways, but realises the biggest struggle will be to convince everyone else he’s truly a changed man…  As we follow Merle, from bully with a badge to hanger-on and speaker at The Way, dreaming of jazz and freedom, we witness a seismic shift, both in one man and in a people. The Light is the story of a man with a past that he’s trying to forget, and a society that might not want to let him.

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