The Essentials

Spy/Action | 87 minutes | 2013 | 4K | United States of America

Festivals & Awards

Audience Choice, Best Director, Best Cinematography, & Best Editing:
Hollywood & Vine Film Festival
Winner: Best Cinematography, The Indie Gathering
Nominated: Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor & Best Director, The Indie Gathering
Honorable Mention: New York Int’l Film Festival
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (Buffalo, New York)

Cast & Credits

Jim Toepper
Chris Barbis
Jeff Moon
Kayleen Wilkinson
Brendan Nagle

Written, Produced, Directed & Edited by: Brendan Nagle
Executive Producer: Jim Toepper
Producer: Aaron Gordon
Director of Photography: Aaron Gordon
Music: Casey O’Neil
Visual Effects: Jon Barber


Jim is a down-on-his-luck, burned-out, ex-spy at the end of an illustrious career. After he goes rogue and screws up yet again, his former Agency must bail him out – for the last time. But in a refusal to accept old age and a forced retirement, Jim takes on a young, wiseass protége to help him crack one last case: an international drug-smuggling ring.