The “World Premiere” of a locally filmed horror movie became a red carpet event for cast and crew, who traveled from as far away as Iowa, to help celebrate the sequel to Snapped and raise money for the Chewelah Performing and Culture Arts Center (PACA).
More than a 100 people, including 16 cast and crew members, purchased $10 tickets to see the screening of Snapped 2: Fire Worms at the Alpine Theatre in Colville for a one night showing on April 15. The event raised over $700 for PACA in support of building a proper theater and arts facility in Chewelah.
The stars arrived in three vehicles loaned by Booth and LaDuke and then walked a real red carpet donated by Lynn Husby of Chewelah Floor and Wall. PACA volunteers and students from Jenkins High School acted as ticket takers and ushers, and Pat Tomsha of Tomsha Graffix designed t-shirts for the cast and crew as well.
Owner Steve Wisner donated the use of the theatre for the one-time showing.
Assistant director Joe Wulczynski organized the event to create a celebrity experience for all involved in the movie’s production, and said he thought it was a good opportunity for a fundraiser since he is on the PACA Board of Directors.
Fire Worms is an independent low budget film produced by ITD Productions, Inc. based in Valley, WA and is written and directed by Bill Nelson. The movie stars Billy St. John, George Eberth, Greg Wulczynski and Margee Richart. It was filmed in and around Valley and Quarry Browns Lake in summer 2012.
In the movie, the Sheriff (St. John) and Mayor who is also a doctor (Eberth) look to solve the mystery of deaths happening around town caused by a human turned creature (Greg Wulczynski). Once the deputy (Steve Schneiderman) fails to kill him, the Sheriff has to get creative for destroying “Johnny Campbell” who cannot be shot as he has now been infested with glowing Fire Worms. The end leaves a cliffhanger for the story to possibly continue with a third movie.
Following the premiere, cast members said the movie was better than expected with more in depth characters and plot. The movie improved with the use of two cameras and better quality video.
Steve Schneiderman, of Spokane said he did not know what to expect since he was only part of the filming for a few days.
“It was a better story line than last time,” Schneiderman said. “I enjoyed it.”
Wulczynski said it was good but different than he expected because he always had a different angle on set than the cameras so it was interesting to see it at a different angle.
Local stage actor George Eberth also said it was different than he expected, as he did not realize he was in the movie so often. He co-starred next to Billy St. John, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, who flew in from Iowa to see the premiere although he is originally from California and moved to “experience weather.”
This is the third ITD Production that St. John has had a part in and said he always enjoys coming back to the area. St. John said Nelson is getting better as a director each time, and offers his experience when needed.
He did not comment on the movie as he said as it is hard to watch yourself on screen and “divorce himself from the character” to see more than himself just saying lines.
Nelson said he thought it went well, but was just happy that it played all the way through on the theatre’s new projector and was excited for everyone to see it for the first time.
“It is always fun to see your vision through,” Nelson said. “When you write, it’s yours until its on paper, and then it is everyone else’s, but on film, they get to see your vision.”
The cast and crew present at the event were:
Bill & Teresa Nelson, Billy St. John, Rose and Joe Duke, Margee Richart, Ann Morton, Joe Stolworthy, Heather Camomile, Hal Howard, Steve & Tracy Schneiderman, George Eberth, Kristina Johnson-Short and Kegan Rigge-Johnson, and Joe Wulczynki.
For more information about ITD Productions and Fire Worms, go to intodeepproductions.com.
Snapped is Rated R for violence and nudity.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
In this photo: The cast and crew of locally produced film Snapped 2: Fire Worms gather under the marquee at the Alpine Theatre in Colville on April 15 prior to the premiere screening. Kellie Trudeau photo