A special screening of "Romance," a romantic comedy filmed in the Fresno area using local talent, will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Met theaters in Oakhurst. It's the first public screening since the independent feature was shown in August at the Action On Film Festival in Monrovia, where it was nominated for the "Best Guerrilla Feature" award.
"My company, Video Man Productions, co-produced and directed it along with Barry Richey, who wrote it and stars in it. Many of the actors who have been in Alan Autry's class for many years are in this film, including myself," co-director Darrell Mapson said.
Along with Mapson and Richey, the cast of includes Chrysanthe Pappas, Christina Lyons, Willy Ortlieb, Christina Tellifson and Heidi Harian.
Because the movie was shot on an extremely tight budget, the shooting schedule had to be flexible and the free use of local locations was a necessity. The filming process and editing took months.
"We had to work around the schedules of the actors and that meant we ended up shooting mostly on weekends," Mapson said. "We got through it with everyone wearing a lot of different hats."
Along with co-directing "Romance," Mapson is a part-time acting coach at Autry's studio. He has 30 years of experience, ranging from working as a Hollywood stuntman to directing the locally shot "Hot Rod Horror." Richey has appeared in two other films shot locally, "Firefall: An Epic Family Adventure" and the upcoming "Trespass Into Terror."
Advance tickets are available by searching for "Romance" at The Met at www.eventbrite.com.
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