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The superhero universe is mostly associated with larger than life heroes and villains, and their struggles to either save or destroy the world. Less common are stories set in the superhero universe dealing with the mundane struggles of average Joes and plain Janes just trying to get by. Root For The Villain is about everyday life in a world populated by individuals with superpowers, as seen through the eyes of a parole officer who has dedicated her life to rehabilitating low-level super criminals after they are released from prison.
Lana, our parole officer protagonist, is in the midst of an identity crisis. On the one hand, she is particularly well suited for her job, seeing as she has the ability to literally smell lies and bullshit. As the daughter of one of the most notorious super-villains in city history, however, she is torn between her desire to seek redemption for her father's sins and her guilt over joining the police force that was responsible for his death a decade ago. And with her idealistic endeavors constantly being stymied by a corrupt, uncaring criminal justice system, she can't help but suspect that her efforts are in vain.
As difficult as her professional struggles can be, Lana's personal life isn't much better. Though useful for her job, her human lie detector abilities are horrible for dating, and she finds it tough to relate to ordinary folks having spent her childhood in her father's secret underground lair. To make matters worse, her recently paroled super-villain uncle decides Lana's couch is the perfect place to crash while he gets his act together. Can Lana cut through the bullshit and rediscover meaning in her work, or will she succumb to the drudgery of a corrections system that couldn't care less about super-villain lost causes?
Director(s): Max Rissman
Writer(s): Max Rissman
Producer(s): Max Rissman
Editor(s): John Rafanelli
Cinematographer(s): Alejandro Miyashiro
Production Designer(s): Ting Lin
Music Composer(s): Daniel Rufolo and True God
Brandi Bravo (Lana), Cary Woodworth (Theo), Adel L Morales (Esteban), Bob Jaffe (Rubber), Michael Kinkade (Glue), Corey Allen (Captain Justice), Alex Woodruff (Kristin), Paul Deo Jr (Frank), Alex Carmine (Jitters)