‘The Show’ plays to full house

FORT FRANCES—“The Show,” a mockumentary written, directed, and produced by local resident Andrew George, premiered before a full house at the Cine 5 Theatre across the river in International Falls, Mn. last Thursday night.
George called it a success.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he exclaimed. “We rolled up [the cast and crew had a limo] to Cine 5 to see the title of the movie on the show time sign. Then we looked into the lobby and saw a lineup.
“It was unreal to see so many people,” added George. “I walked into the theatre and already saw a packed house, and more people just kept pouring in.”
The 42-minute movie illustrates small-town life and its effect on the high school population by following a 20-year-old student (George) for a day in his hometown of Fort Frances.
From a tough day of classes, a high school battle of the bands, and a field party, the movie shows George at an academic and social crossroads in life.
“It will show people from outside the area what it’s like growing up in a small town—it’s different from growing up in a city,” he had noted prior to the screening of his mockumentary.
“The Show” also featured local actors, including Jenna Nowak, Melissa Scott, Brittany Martel, Drew Donald, Jared Anderson, Maverick Judson, Brok Homz (Wade Friesen), and Josh Wilson, as well as a crew of several locals.
George said the midnight showing of the movie was made even more exciting since the majority of the viewers there didn’t know George personally.
“So it wasn’t really like a family reunion or anything,” he remarked. “I went up to address the crowd and thank everyone for coming out. Looking at the sea of people really hit me.
“I was so happy for my cast and crew—that their work had the chance to be appreciated by so many,” he added.
The theatre held 252, with George estimating another 40-50 were sitting in the aisles, on the floor, and standing at the back.
He admitted he was a bit nervous because he was just hoping, more than anything, that people would laugh.
“After the first few jokes poured through, the crowd starting cracking up,” he recalled. “I was fine then. The movie only seemed to last 10 minutes—it went by so fast.”
He explained beforehand the mockumentary, which he called “raw, vulgar, and low-budget,” probably would be enjoyed most by people aged 18-25 because they will have just come from high school and be able to relate to it.
“It’s real. It might turn some people off because it really shows what high school life is like,” he had noted. “I didn’t make any of it up. Everything in it has either happened to me or people I know.”
But he added those at the premiere were of all ages, everywhere from 15 to 55. “I was surprised that most people didn’t think it was too over the edge,” he said.
After the show was over, George said he received a lot of positive feedback on the film.
“Honestly, I know no one would walk up to me and say it sucked, but I got the general impression that people didn’t feel like they wasted their night by coming out,” he remarked.
Some comments on “The Show’s” Facebook group refers to the mockumentary as “Amazing—one of the best movies I’ve seen all year” and that “The Show rocked!”
Another viewer wrote, “It was a job well done and better than what I expected it to be! Every little part was hilarious. Expecting more to come.”
Yet another insisted “the movie was spectacular! The cast was so professional and their talent was portrayed as if [they] all were all already Hollywood actors/actresses.”
Cathy Richards, whose daughter, Jenna Nowak, starred in the film and who has a strong background in acting herself, also indicated George did a good job making the movie.
“What was really interesting was I think it had a real comedic flare, which was good because it was basically a serious kind of story,” she explained. “I think his character was believable . . . I think it was well done.
“He’s young and this is a great start for him. It can only get better from here.”
George noted he’s had many people asking what’s next for his film.
Currently, he’s been in contact with the Winnipeg Film Group about getting “The Show” distributed to film festivals and other events.
“It’s definitely a long shot, but they didn’t say no yet so that’s only a good thing,” he reasoned. “One problem with the film festival thing is that it’s an awkward time for a short (most are under 30 minutes).
“Second, there aren’t really any films out there like it, which makes it difficult to judge if it’s worth spending time and money sending it out.”
Regardless if a distributor picks it up, George plans to take the risk and self-distribute “The Show” to film festivals. He noted broadcast also was mentioned in his conversations with distributors, as well as the possibility of a Winnipeg showing.
But nothing is certain yet, he stressed.
For more information about “The Show” or George’s new business, All Good Projects, contact him at andrew@allgoodprojects.com or visit his website at www.allgoodprojects.com
(Fort Frances Times)