LIBERATOR is a Kickstarter-funded multi-award winning 18-minute short film directed by Aaron Pope and produced by Coverage Ink Films. Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) stars as a washed-up, disgraced, ex-superhero trying to get his life back on the rails. The film also stars genre icons Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita,) Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation,) Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist) and Ed Asner (Up.) LIBERATOR has won 7 awards including Best Short Film from Cinerockom Film Festival, Best Dramatic Short from CalShorts, the Award of Excellence from IndieFest as well as several nominations. The short also the attracted coverage from news outlets like USA Today (twice,) Huffington Post, Fox & Friends, Ain’t It Cool News and dozens of other movie and comic book news sites, intrigued by Ferrigno’s affecting turn as an aging superhero whistle-blower. The success of the short led to a special edition 2-shot comic book series from Bluewater Comics, released fall 2013. As the film wraps up its festival and comic-con appearances and heads for DVD, the filmmakers are planning the continuing adventures of this character…
Ed Migliocetti (Lou Ferrigno) has served his country. When the endless war began, he put aside his football career to sign up for the military. And when the powers-that-be drafted him into the Enhanced Abilities Initiative, he became known as The Liberator. Teamed with a group of “supers” – Sidewinder, Gaia and Volt – Liberator represented the best of America. Or so he thought. He soon found himself doing the government’s dirty work – assassinations, regime change, infrastructure sabotage. Through it all, Ed followed orders. He was a good soldier.
But when a black op went horribly wrong, Ed was thrown under the bus – the fall guy. In the blink of an eye, the Liberator literally went from hero to zero. After serving a decade in federal prison, he emerged a pariah. In the eyes of the public, he was a traitor. That, quite, frankly, he could take. What he couldn’t take was his own daughter Sonya (Jessica Jade Andres) hating him.
Determined to set the record straight and win her back, Ed pens a tell-all book that draws the ire of his former chief, General Augustus Pollard (Michael Dorn). Pollard dispenses CIA spook Marla Criswell (Peta Wilson) to investigate. When they realize that Ed plans to blow the whistle after all these years, they have no choice but to take him out. After Ed battles his way out of a US military contractor’s compound, President Whitlock (Ed Asner) declares the Liberator Public Enemy Number One – and sends Ed’s old teammates (Don “The Dragon” Wilson & Tara Cardinal) to bring him down by any means necessary. But this time, the Liberator is not going down without a fight.