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Ink (Film)

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Movie poster for the 2009 American film Ink
Movie poster for the 2009 American film Ink
Directed by Jamin Winans
Produced by Jamin Winans
Executive Producer:
Kiowa K. Winans
Associate Producer:
Laura Wright
Written by Jamin Winans
Starring Chris Kelly
Quinn Hunchar
Jessica Duffy
Music by Jamin Winans
Cinematography Jeff Pointer
Editing by Jamin Winans
Studio Double Edge Films
Distributed by Double Edge Films
Release date(s) January 23, 2009
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250,000[1]

For other uses of the word Incubus, see Incubus (disambiguation).

Ink (USA) is a 2009 science fiction fantasy film, written and directed by Jamin Winans, starring Chris Kelly, Quinn Hunchar and Jessica Duffy. It was produced by Winans's own independent production company, Double Edge Films, with Kiowa K. Winans, and shot by cinematographer Jeff Pointer in locations around Denver. The film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 23, 2009[2], and has screened in Denver, the Cancun Film Festival (where it won the Best International Feature award[3]), Rams Head Onstage in Annapolis and in a number of independent movie houses in cities around the US.


  • Title: Ink
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Studio: Double Edge Films
  • Director: Jamin Winans
  • Writer: Jamin Winans
  • Release Date: January 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • ASIN: B0020TS5D8


Actor / Actress Role
Søren Kelly John (as Chris Kelly)
Quinn Hunchar Emma
Jessica Duffy Liev
Jennifer Batter Allel
Jeremy Make Jacob
Eme Ikwuakor Gabe
Shelby Malone Sarah
Shannan Steele Shelly
Steve Sealy Ron
Steven Brown The Collector
Shauna Earp The Bride
Marty Lindsey The Key Master Incubus
Jeffrey Richardson The Prince
Troy Garner John's Incubus
Maiz Lucero The Brave Incubus
Jason Coviello Roger
Megan Heffernan Naomi
Scott Ward Todd
Brad Newman Chad
Kent Randell Carl
Steve Wilkins Dan
Kathy Cagney Kathy
LeighAnn Gould ER Nurse
David Alan Hays Judge
Tyler Giallanza Young John
Jenna Hawkins John's Mother
Greg C. Vanbuskirk Scott Hamilton
Jodi Visser ER Doctor
Robin Snover Grocery Store Clerk
Russel Hunchar Emma's Doctor
Ginger Playford Judith (as Ginger Alderson Playford)
Melissa Lacome Kind Businesswoman
Kayla Bergholz Dream 1 Woman
Heath C. Heine Dream 1 Man
Paul Blomquist Dream 1 Father
Cooper Sclar Dream 2 Boy
Erika Rochelle Taylor Dream 2 Girl
Jen Fiskum Nightmare 1 Woman (as Jennifer Fiskum)
T. David Rutherford Nightmare 2 Man
Nancy Fromhart Nightmare 2 Woman
Raymond Andrew Bailey Street Painter
Lisa Briles Pridemark Paramedic 2
Steven Czyzewski Pridemark Paramedic 1
Alex Dale Boy in Hospital
Dara Domoto Street Storyteller 1
Alex Harz Bartender 1
Sami Hauser John Coworker 1
Robert Markle Assembly Incubus 1
Michael McMinn Fighting Storyteller 2
Brett Nienberg Street Storyteller 6
Bryn Reid Fighting Incubus 8
Will Rosecrans Assembly Incubus 3 (as Will Rosencrans)
Scott Cooper Ryan Assembly Incubus 2 (as Scott Ryan)
Brian Taylor Fighting Incubus 1
Joseph Teipel Fighting Incubus 7
Elisa Vasquez Street Storyteller 2
Dan Visser Fighting Storyteller 1
J Walker Street Storyteller 3 (as Jeremy S. Walker)
Eli Worsencroft Fighting Incubus 2
Vasillios Gounaris Incubi (uncredited)
Stephen Lambert Incubus (uncredited)
Bill Mays Incubus (uncredited)
Russell Mills Incubus (uncredited)
Robert A. Webb Board Chairman (uncredited)
Joe Wegner Bar Patron (uncredited)

Plot Summary

As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John (Chris Kelly) and Emma (Quinn Hunchar), Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battle, forced to fight for John's soul and to save Emma from an eternal nightmare. Separate in their journey, they encounter unusual characters that exist only in their subconscious. Or do they?


The film begins with a business man in a hurry to get into his car, he appears to be stressed and somewhat distraught. He gets in and starts down the city streets, screaming suddenly at the top of his lungs before a truck running the stop light rams into him. As he falls unconscious, he dreams of playing with his little girl Emma. At first he is stern and hesitant to play with her, but he gives in when she pretends to be taken away by monsters and runs to save her from them. The dream then fades to black.

It is revealed that people exist on a plane different from our own. There are warriors called Storytellers, who provide people with their most wonderful dreams with a touch to their foreheads, and there are Incubus, spirits fashioned from vanity who veil their faces with screens to reflect an artificial eternal happiness, whose shadows provide people adversely with Nightmares. But this night a new being, a drifter called Ink appears. And despite the best effort from several warriors, he successfully takes Emma from her home, leaving her physical body in a comatose state. However, the drifter's drum had been damaged in the fight, and without the code it was not able to open the portal to a realm he was intending on leading the girl.

Meanwhile, John, a businessman whose life has attained a sense of repetition and perfection, faces turmoil when an account he had been working to acquire is about to be swept out from under his feet, and he is determined to turn the problem around. He receives word from his estranged father in law that Emma is in the hospital in a coma, despite the visible strain to his conscience he maintains a stern attitude, it is discovered that after his wife's death that her parents took custody of Emma due to drug and alcohol abuse due to his grief. He throws Ben out of his office, but something dark appears to loom over him while he does this.

While the three "Storytellers" who are responsible for Emma, Allel and two of her companions, Gabe and Sarah along with a blind Pathfinder named Jacob decide to find a way to physically bring Emma out of her coma. A fourth ally, a Storyteller named Liev attempts to dissuade Ink from delivering the girl to the Incubi in order to become one himself, the code he is required to attain to access their headquarters is hidden with two other Drifters that he must find and barter to acquire parts of the code. After a fight between the two of them, Liev surrenders to save Emma's life. While enroute, Liev tries to bolster Emma's bravery telling her that she is turning into a ferocious lioness. After the three of them successfully barter with the two drifters, Liev slowly works into Ink's emotions uncovering he does in fact have a conscience and a soul, but due to his violent death by suicide, he arrived in this world hideous and scarred, broken and in desperate need of happiness, which the Incubi could provide him. However, he resists each attempt to break through. They make their way to the Incubus stronghold, offering Emma and Liev as his payment to become one of them. Liev tells Emma she has completely transformed into a lioness, and that she has to be ferocious and brave. As Liev stands up to the leader of the Incubi, she is stabbed and falls dying.

Jacob unveils his abilities to the others, using what he calls the "beat of the world" in order to affect physical changes. Through a chain of events, he causes several small accidents to culminate in a truck running a red light and as in the beginning of the film, crashing into John's car. As a result, they are able to scare off the Incubus who had been whispering dark things into John's subconscious and he is taken to the same hospital Emma is being held in. After he awakens and realizes that she is close by, he overcomes his need to work, remembering the happiness of his life before his wife was killed in a car accident. Thoughts that the dark forces on his shoulder kept from him, and with Allel guiding him he heads to her room. Incubi appear causing the warriors to fight them off, to keep them from reaching him again. He finally finds his way to Emma's room and seats himself beside her.

As the course of the past, present and future are affected by John's return to Emma, Ink suddenly has a realization; memories fade into view of his successful meeting for the account he had been trying to get for his company, if he had been able to make it. Emma dies in the hospital, John drifts out of touch and into a world of loneliness. His depression increases, culminating in him killing himself by putting a gun to his head. He falls into the astral world a broken shell of his former self. Ink hears Liev whisper his name "John." and she dies. As his memories return, Ink rushes at the Incubus attacking them and taking his daughter back, much like the dream at the beginning of the movie. He stands and faces them, killing each as they approach them and after the fight is done, Emma recognizes him as well and they embrace.

In the hospital, Emma awakens to find her father holding her hand. The pair share a hug while the warriors who had beaten back the Incubus stand in the doorway, unseen but victorious.

Winans' collaboration

Both Jamin Winans and Kiowa Winans contributed multiple roles in making Ink, in addition to both being credited as executive producers. Jamin wrote, directed and edited, as well as composed the original soundtrack for the film, while Kiowa is credited for the Art Direction, Costume Design and Sound Design.


As no big studio picked up the film for theatrical and home distribution, Double Edge Films pitched the movie directly to independent cinemas and also saw to the DVD, Blu-ray and online distribution themselves. DVD and Blu-ray copies of the movie are sold directly via the company's website starting from October 30, 2009 and are sold at retail stores starting November 10, 2009, as well as downloads at Video on demand stores.[4] According to TorrentFreak, a file sharing news site, Ink was downloaded via BitTorrent 400,000 times in a single week and exposed the film to a large audience, leading to higher DVD and Blu-ray sales in return.[5] Jamin and Kiowa Winans wrote in their newsletter that they had "embraced the piracy" and are "happy Ink is getting unprecedented exposure."[5]


Critics Robert Abele (Los Angeles Times) and Lisa Kennedy (Denver Post) both rank it positively, and the film scores a 93% average with the Rotten Tomatoes community.[6][7]


  1. Filmmakers Jamin Winans and Kiowa Winans on LA Talk Radio’s Film Courage
  2. Santa Barbara Independent Article on Ink Premiere
  3. "2033", "Entre nos" e "Ink", premiadas en las secciones competitivas de Cancún
  4. http://doubleedgefilms.blogspot.com/2009/10/ink-on-dvd-and-blu-ray-our-release.html
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://torrentfreak.com/indie-movie-explodes-on-bittorrent-makers-bless-piracy-091110/
  6. Rotten Tomatoes reviews on Ink
  7. Rotten Tomatoes community on Ink

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