by Raymond Steers

Psychological Thriller - Fantasy - SciFi

USA - Bulgaria, 87 mins, 2018



A tall, attractive stranger comes to a small Eastern European town and rents an apartment. At first he appears to be a photographer shooting startling black & white portraits on an antique camera, but soon the woman working at the old photo lab, her cousin, the journalist, and her grandfather begin to suspect that there is more to the photographs than meets the eye.

The stranger possesses a mysterious object to which only he is immune. It cannot be shown to women, children, or anyone drunk or high on drugs. He takes a photograph of each man who views the object, capturing their faces which reflect a variety of shocked responses. The man does not know what the object is: perhaps it is the most gruesome thing in the world. Or the most beautiful. After viewing the object, no man can, or will, speak about what he saw.

The stranger and the journalist become friends, and eventually the stranger falls in love with the woman. However, the woman, despite being warned, is drawn to view the object herself and the experience causes her to go mad. Will the man be able to save her? Will he lose his friendship with the journalist because of what has happened? Will losing the only woman that was able to breach his cold exterior cause him to lose his immunity?

Join us for a slow-burn, noir-ride through the cinematic landscape of IMMUNITY.

Title in Bulgarian: Imunitet
Year: 2018
Country: USA - Bulgaria
Duration: 87 min.
Shooting Format: 35 mm
Language: English, Bulgarian (with English subtitles)
Written by: Raymond Steers
Director of Photography: Daniel Klockenkemper
Music by: Eric Belt (The Director's Cut Version) / TBD for the Official Version
Main Cast: Rainier Jaarsma, George Zlatarev, Manuela Sarkissyan, Vassil Mihaylov
Produced by: Hunter Sunrise, Raymond Steers, Borislav Chouchkov
Production: Underline (USA), Jedidah (USA - Bulgaria), Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria)
Associate Producer and Sales Representative: Neshka Karadzhinska
Other Releases: The Director's Cut from 2014
Available Territories: World

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This is Mr. Steers' second feature film, after his initial feature Sum of the Parts (2008) went to multiple festivals in the USA and was widely considered to be groundbreaking in both editing and storytelling scope for a first feature by a young director. Consumed with passion for the cinematic arts and deep technical understanding and ability, Mr. Steers is re-defining independent filmmaking by delivering thoughtful yet entertaining cinema, eschewing big-budget waste in favor of can-do style and talent.



This is Hunter’s second production with Jedidiah Films, originally working closely with Writer+Director Raymond Steers to Produce feature film Sum of the Parts (2008). Hunter is a skilled business developer as well as a talented writer & photographer who brings a passion for both artistry & efficiency to every project. Whether restructuring the budget, tightening the script, creating a memorable brand, or pinch-hitting as a DP, Hunter is willing to pull out all the stops to usher a project through to completion.



Vladimir and Raymond have worked on several projects together in Bulgaria. Vlad's deep knowledge of Bulgarian and American culture, languages, and locations allowed the USA team members to bridge the understanding gap and create IMMUNITY using local acting and material resources. In addition Vladimir has worked in the produciton department on several other feature films shot in Bulgaria.


Actor in role: THE MAN

Rainier’s style and charisma make him perfectly suited for the lead role in IMMUNITY. An avid student of Film Studies, Journalism and Philosophy, Mr. Jaarsma masters the nuanced dramatic tone necessary for the role of The Man. A breakout role for this young actor, Rainier is poised to become the modern day Dutch James Dean.


Actor in role: THE JOURNALIST

A veteran of more than 40 films, most recently in War, Inc. in which he had scenes with John Cusack and Marisa Tomei and The Expendables 2 which starred Sylvester Stallone. George has acted fluently in Bulgarian, English, and Italian, and is a consummate actor in both cinema and theater.


Actress in role: THE WOMAN

A graduate of the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Manuela is fluent in Bulgarian, English, and French and is a member of the Bulgarian Association for Independent Theatre. She is also a co-founder in a Cultural Development Foundation, based in Varna.


Actor in role: THE GRANDFATHER

Acting professionally since 1962 in over 60 films and television shows, Mr. Mihailov is widely considered to be one of the most popular actors in Bulgarian history.