2010-06-24 / News

Movie made here to be shown during film festival in Athens

“Pushin’ Up Daisies,” a film made in Washington and Crawfordville in 2007 with the participation of several Wilkes County people, will be shown this weekend as part of AthFest, an annual music festival in Athens, filmmaker Patrick Franklin has announced.

The film is set for two showings, at midnight this Friday and at 5 p.m. and midnight Saturday, at the Cine at 234 W. Hancock in Athens. Admission is free with an AthFest wristband, $5 without.

The film made its debut in April at the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival, and won strong reviews. His film is a comedy, Franklin said, “about an amateur documentary filmmaker attempting to capture reality in spite of a sudden unrealistic occurrence - zombies taking over the world.”

Although the majority of the film was done in Crawfordville, Franklin said, people in Washington had a hand in the first-time filmmaker’s efforts. “We’re amazed by the level of support and enthusiasm we received from the people of Washington,” he said.

One young Washington actor has a speaking part in the film. Boone Lukich, who was 9 at the time of filming, impressed the filmmaker with his natural acting talent, Franklin said. Some scenes were filmed outside Wills Memorial Hospital and using a Wilkes County EMS ambulance driven by Wilkes EMS director Blake Thompson.

The film’s web site www.iamnotazombie. com, has ticket information and a link to their Facebook page, which has photos of the film in production.

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