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Community supports local filmmaker

The cast and crew of locally filmed thriller "Detached" pose for a photo before the movie's premiere on Sept. 13 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kernstown. Pictured, from back left, are Brent Funkhouser, Samantha Strong, Evan Benton, Allison Shell, and Jeanne Russell, and from front left are Rich Church and Carrie Kraemer. Courtesy Jeanne Russell

Moviegoers line up outside the Woodstock Community Theater on Sept. 15 to see the locally made film "Detached," a psychological thriller by 13-year-old writer and director Stephen French of Edinburg. Courtesy Abby French

On Sept. 13, Stephen French, 13, of Edinburg, celebrated the silver screen premiere of his feature film "Detached" at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kernstown to two sold out showings.

"Detached" had two sold-out showings that night, according to a press release. In the release, Stephen's mother Abby Weissenborn French called it "a night to remember."

"The long hours of work that it took to bring his story and characters to visual life were so worth the effort," she said.

"Detached" is a psychological drama about a young widow, Jessie Lacey, played by Woodstock native, Allison Shell. Rich Church, Jeanne Russell, Lisa Mikitarian, Evan Benton and Samantha Strong comprise the rest of the cast.

Fans not only waited in line to see the locally produced picture, they stayed and shared their positive responses during the question and answer sessions after each show.

Then even more people lined up on Sunday to see the film at the Community Theater in Woodstock.

Actor Jeanne Russell said she was worried those who came to see the film wouldn't find a seat. "Luckily we were able to seat everyone but the place was packed," she said for the release.

Stephen, who wrote and directed the film, said, "I am so appreciative of the community support and the hard work of my cast and crew in making this such a success.

The film is slated for two more showings. It will kick off the Halloween Horror movie month on Oct. 3 at the Stephens City Family Drive-In and will play at the Court Square Theater in Winchester on Oct. 7. Then, if accepted, it will go to the Virginia Film Festival in November.

For more information, visit www.detachedthemovie.com or call Abby French at 540-335-3117.


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