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Log Line:

A homeless veteran retreats to a local cemetery to confront his past demons but gets drawn into a fight for survival when he witnesses armed sex-traffickers attempting to bury an immigrant girl in a nearby grave.

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Brief Synopsis:

Set within the crime thriller genre, THE NIGHT WATCHMAN is the dramatic story of a fractured Chicago family whose lives are turned upside down by a vicious criminal underworld.  At the center of the story are a homeless veteran (Walter) and his old friend Manny, who owns a local diner.  Walter’s traumatic past has kept him from revealing that he is the father of Glenn, a punk-rock teen who works as a dishwasher at the diner. When Manny arranges an impromptu meeting between the two (without Walter’s knowledge), Walter is unable to cope and retreats to a nearby cemetery to confront his past demons at the grave of the boy’s mother.  Walter awakens from a botched suicide attempt to find armed sex traffickers (Angus and Danny), unaware of his presence, as they prepare to bury an immigrant girl (Natalia) in a nearby grave.  Despite his fragile state, Walter attempts to help Natalia, but when Glenn sets out to find Walter, he runs head-first into the dire situation unfolding in the cemetery. Both are wounded as they narrowly escape -leading Angus on a harrowing foot chase through the cemetery away from Natalia (hidden within a mausoleum). The extreme circumstances forge a bond between Walter and Glenn as the chase ultimately leads back to Manny’s Diner where the misfit group must band together to protect Natalia and survive a predawn siege led by Angus’s corrupt politically connected boss (Burke) and his fellow henchmen.