THE CUCKOLD is a controversial dramatic feature that pushes a camera lens through the peephole of American taboo, focusing on the flashpoint where racial and sexual tensions collide. While set against the backdrop of a little-known fetish in the swinging lifestyle called ‘cuckolding’, THE CUCKOLD tells the broader story of two suburban couples and two urban men whose lives collide in a tale woven together by the threads of deceit, lust, and primal vengeance. It also explores the consequences and risks in looking beyond the skin in search of love. We invite you to explore the world of THE CUCKOLD.
The Cuckold is an independent feature length drama filmed in HDV. It was shot in and around Buffalo, New York in seventeen glorious days and then went on to ten months of tedious hard work in post production. Currently the film is being submitted to film festivals and the producers are working on finding the right distributor and attaining theatrical distribution prior to DVD sales.
With a combination of talented actors from both New York City and Buffalo, our cast was exceptional in their roles:
Tobin Tyler as 'Luther'
Tracey B. Wilson as 'Shannon Carmichael'
Guy Balotine as 'Mark Carmichael'
Amber Paul as 'Nicole Bellamy'
Addison Henderson as 'Broderick Bellamy'
Peter Johnson as 'Maxwell'
Alex Kelly as 'Mahogany'
Mary Craig as 'Big Mama'
Nicole Colon as 'Isabella'
Stan Simmons as 'Thad'
Jonathan Corban Butler was born in Buffalo, NY. At the age of 16, he followed his father (an Evangelical minister) into the pulpit preaching in small local churches and to convention crowds tallying in the thousands. It was in researching and writing these sermons that Jonathan first realized the power of the written word.
During this time, Jonathan learned the plumbing trade at a vocational high school. Upon graduation he volunteered these skills building schools for missionaries. After reaching journeyman status at the age of 23 he started a company testing and repairing back-flow prevention devices.
However, like many of us, Jonathan found himself at a crossroads and needed to make a choice: either ride life’s comfortable momentum - one set by the winds of circumstance and the influence of others - or blaze a new trail into far more dangerous territory… the pursuit of his dreams.
The catalyst in choosing that path was closer than he could imagine.
Just months before Sept. 11th, 2001 Jonathan was on a flight home from New York City when a fellow passenger had a seizure. That incident led to a series of chance events that ended with his meeting Dr. Cynthia Ambres.
After reading his writing samples Cynthia encouraged Jonathan to consider writing full-time, specifically adapting his graphic novel concept ‘The Clan Destined’ into a screenplay. Jonathan did just that: he closed his company to work part-time and voraciously study the craft of screenwriting.
Though The Clan Destined script was well received many in the industry warned that it’s scope and budget made it less likely to be produced from a first-time writer. Advised to write his first film ‘smaller’, Jonathan decided that if he were to write a film outside the studio system it would be about a subject mainstream studios weren’t likely to tackle.
The result is THE CUCKOLD, a controversial dramatic feature about the dichotomies of race and sex in America set against the backdrop of a little-known fetish in the swinging lifestyle called ‘cuckolding’. It’s also a love story told through the eyes of two people who can see beneath the skin.
Dr. Ambres produced the film and Jonathan wrote and directed it. Over 17 hectic (but glorious) shooting days their dedicated cast and crew rolled up their sleeves and birthed THE CUCKOLD.
While working on a third script, Jon relocated to Los Angeles in late 2007 to complete post-production of THE CUCKOLD. The film since been completed and continues to be submitted into festivals. It is also currently for sale HERE.
Read the Buffalo News article about the private screening held in Buffalo HERE.
Written & Directed by Jonathan Corban Butler. Produced by Cynthia Ambres.