LIMA — A small but supportive crowd was on hand to witness a film premiere event Saturday at Encore Theatre.
The event showcased video projects by local producers or included movies made elsewhere which featured Lima-area talent.
Ambyr Rose spearheaded the effort, which included five short films and two feature-length films.
“I’ve been working with a couple of filmmakers in the area for a couple of years now and got roped into casting and got roped into doing camera work and different things like that over the years,” Rose said. “It made me realize we had a lot of filmmakers in the area, especially when a couple of them recently tried to book Regal Cinemas and other places in order to actually show off that hard work.”
Movie-goers got a chance to view the short films “Down the Stairs” from Silver Fox Productions, “Sling Bat” and “The Easter Buddy” from Chris Butturff, “Stalemate” from John Fike, “Spiderman: Origins” from Brody Bowman and two feature-length films, “Streets of Syndicate” from William Chaffin and “Poetry Slammed” from Glen Berggoetz.
Many of these movies are already online.
“I have them both (Sling Bat and The Easter Buddy) on my YouTube channel, and it’s just been a lot of fun,” said Butturff, a Waynesfield native now living in Cridersville. “I appear in some of the other films as well as an actor,”
The chance to get the projects out into the public helped keep Butturff motivated.
“It’s a fun hobby with getting together with like-minded creative people to come together and put something on paper, have a vision for it and film it and put it out there in the world,” he said. “With the advent of the internet, it’s easier than you would think to get it out there, especially with being able to download things digitally and submit digitally, it is a lot easier.”
Rose wasn’t disappointed by the small crowd Saturday.
“A lot of great things have humble beginnings,” Rose said. “It doesn’t matter if two, three, five, 20, 50 people show up. The main thing is we are here supporting the community, no matter who comes, and we’re supporting the filmmakers today. We’re giving them a venue. This is not a one-and-done. We’re opening up a venue for the local filmmakers to be able to have a less expensive option to be able to show off their hard work.”
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