Stigma (2011) – By Jason S. Lockard

Gabriel (Janusz Madej) is a conman posing as a psychic. He brings messages of loved ones from beyond the grave and none of his "clients" have caught on to the tricks of his trade. For Gabriel life is good… little work, easy money, but it doesn’t stay that way! Gabriel begins having gruesome nightmares of the crucifixion and than wakening to find he is experiencing stigmata.

While “Not A Catholic,” he turns to Father Nolan (Frank Mavros), for guidance. They discuss faith, service, and purpose. Enter Olympia (Michelle Renee Allaire), a hysterical woman who has just been told by a doctor that she’ll never have children. She looks to Gabriel for hope. Gabriel for the first time receives a real vision in which he sees an ultrasound and the dead body of Olympia. He decides not to share this revelation. Is this a good decision or will it be the biggest mistake of his life? Does the Stigmata stop? All these questions and more will be answered in this short film!

Stigma is Janusz Madej’s thesis film from The Los Angeles Film School. Stigma uses many top notch special effects that takes the viewer on a wild ride through the nightmares of Gabriel. The acting is good the story is interesting and with the length of 30 minutes you can’t get board with it! Now some of the music choices felt a little strange and there is some sexual related material that I wasn’t keen on, but other than that this is a well done project.

Whether you believe in the phenomenon of Stigmata or not this is a very interesting film and well worth a view! Stigma will be playing in festivals across the country and to get more information on the film head over to

Moral Rating:
Violence and Sexual material
Audience: Adults
Genre: Drama
Length: 29 min.
Released: 2011
Our Rating: B-