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Synopsis: Walter and Loretta tried and failed to escape their cult compound before their daughter Esmee’s 13th birthday, knowing that the Rev (their cult leader) intends to take Esmee as his fourth wife. Today is the day when Rev won’t take no for an answer. Today is the day that Walter, Loretta and Esmee make their final stand. Devotion has its price.




Not Rated



Run Time

14 minutes


Chris Mulkey (Rev Dobbins)
Darby Stanchfield (Loretta)
Molly C. Quinn (Esmee)
Jon Lindstrom (Walter)
Richard Riehle (Sheriff Avery)

Directed by

Diane Namm

Written by

Diane Namm

Produced by

Eric Mofford

Edited by

Lindsay Mofford


Buddy Judge

Production Designer

Katherine Bulovic

Prod. Company

Lady of the Canyon, ALL MEDIA, LLC - www.ladyofthecanyon.com

Director's Statement

Inspired by dozens of true stories, I wrote The Sacrifice upon learning that there were and are, to this day, marriage statutes in over 38 states of the US in which children are married off to adults with a parent’s and/or judge’s consent. I knew that I had to shine a light on this barbaric and predatory practice. So I focused my storytelling skills on writing and making my film-directing debut so as to bring public awareness to this cruel practice. I’d hoped that by telling Esmee’s story, the predators who keep these statutes on the books, would be exposed and stopped. Not long after The Sacrifice was screened, in 2008, a polygamous cult compound headed by Warren Jeffs was raided by Texas police, and over 400 children were rescued. In 2010, Warren Jeffs, (who’d been imprisoned and then set free in Utah) was extradited to Texas, arrested for sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old child whom he had married. He was arrested, indicted, prosecuted, imprisoned for life. He remains in prison to this day.

Director's Bio

Diane Namm founded LADY OF THE CANYON – ALL MEDIA, LLC to develop and produce book, film, television and streaming projects. Lady of the Canyon does it all, focusing on human-interest stories that matter. Author of over 65 published books, Playwright/Director/Producer of multiple stage productions in the Greater Los Angeles area, Diane Namm continuously develops content for all media. See the Director’s Reel on ladyofthecanyon.com, as well as westofbroadway.com and dianenamm.com for more details.


Holly Shorts Film Festival - United States - 2009

Audience Choice Award (The Sacrifice)

Angel Film Monaco International Film Festival - Monaco - 2009

Best Director (Diane Namm)

Angel/Monaco International Film Festival - Monaco - 2009

Best Ensemble Cast (Molly C. Quinn, Darby Stanchfield, Chris Mulkey, Jon Lindstrom, Richard Riehle)

Angel/ Monaco International Film Festival - Monaco - 2009

Best Newcomer (Molly C. Quinn)

Lady Filmmakers - United States - 2010

Special Jury Award (The Sacrifice)

Official selection

Newport Film Festival - United States - 2009

Beverly Hills Film Festival - United States - 2009

Cannes Film Festival/Shorts Corner - France - 2009

Malibu Film Festival - United States - 2009

La Femme International Film Festival - United States - 2009

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