Movie set in local mountains
SUGARLOAF — With the help of some locals, an independent film is being produced in the western mountains. Gary King from Los Angeles is the director and writer of “Unnerved” a horror genre film without the usual and expected horror scenes.
“This is a love story and how two people stay together during a difficult time. Most people watch a scary movie and wonder why a family doesn’t just move away from what is causing the horror. Our family moves five times to escape this event in their lives,” stated Gary. His wife Susie is the producer of the film.
With a full cast and crew from as far away as Spain, the Kings chose the area as their filming location because one of their actors has ties to Maine. Mark DiConzo, who plays Frank, currently lives in New York but was raised in Portland. It was he who suggested the area.
“It was really about who would be the most accommodating and the people here are wonderful,” stated Gary, “The Farmer’s Daughter in Rangeley has given us fresh fruit everyday. In Andover, the Little Red Hen has donated catering while we are filming there.”
Here in the valley, Chief Mark Lopez arranged for a cruiser to be used in filming as well as an authentic uniform for Bill Elverman, of Wisconsin, to wear during his scenes. “Randy Walker has been great. He is our technical police advisor on site, making sure the police scenes are accurate,” stated Elverman.
King’s last film was “How do you Write a Joe Schermann Song?” That production won Film of the Festival in the Raindance Film Festival in London as well as many awards at festivals in the United States. It is available on iTunes.
“I plan to submit ‘Unnerved’ to all the lo- cal festivals and I am hoping that it will be accepted,” King stated. He will also submit this film to national and international film festivals. Locally, Waterville hosts the Maine International Film Festival which takes place in June.
“We really just want to say how wonderful everyone has been. We will continue shooting in Rumford and Andover hoping to wrap up by mid October,” he stated.
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