Local post-apocalyptic horror film ‘Chrysalis’ to screen in MaumeeWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
By Chase Will, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
At 7 p.m. May 16, Glass City Films will host an exclusive screening of its latest feature film, “Chrysalis,” at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.
The film was funded entirely by Kickstarter donations.
“We’ve had an amazing groundswell of support for the project through the Kickstarter campaign and social media outlets,” said director John Klein. “We have always put the Midwest crews and talent on par with what’s available on the coasts, and ‘Chrysalis’ really showcases what we have to offer here.”
“Chrysalis” is the fourth feature from Glass City Films, following the success of ”Glass City” (2008), “Happily After” (2010) and “Separation Anxiety” (2010).
“Chrysalis” marks the company’s first foray into feature-length horror, Klein said.
“It’s set 25 years or so into the future, years after an infection has turned most of humanity into creatures,” he said. “We’re so far into the future that the zombies are dead, the humans are dead and it’s just a hodgepodge of random survivors strung about the Earth. Nature’s retaken the world, essentially.”
The film’s main characters, Josh and Penelope, grew up in this new world without technology or agriculture. Despite their hopes to bring back civilization, they’re alone on their quest until they come across a third survivor.
“Josh is partnered with Penelope, and he’s pretty much known her all of his life,” said Cole Simon, who plays Josh. “We try to become this new world Adam and Eve, so it’s about them wrapping their minds around that psychologically. It makes him more prone to try and find other survivors and not be so alone, because he feels it’s just too much pressure and too dangerous. Morally, he feels he should try to help other survivors if they find them.”
“There’s no shortage of zombie movies in the world, and for us it was exciting to take a genre that’s so tested and tell a story that’s unique and thoughtful,” Klein said. “It’s very cerebral. There aren’t a lot of jump scares, but there’s a lot to think about. What would the world be like after something like this? What would the people be like? Who are you going to latch onto and protect? It’s about what defines us as humans.”
Principle photography was done in January and February 2013 throughout Chicago, Illinois and Indiana. The majority of locations were abandoned buildings, including hospitals and churches. Klein said the aesthetic value of these settings outweighed the discomfort of shooting without walls to shield them from the cold.
“It was very bone-crushingly cold the whole time we were shooting,” Klein said. “We brought in generators, propane heaters and hand warmers to keep everybody and the equipment running. Because we’re a low-budget production company we tried to keep everyone comfortable within our means, and that was the biggest challenge.”
The screenwriter and cinematographer, Ben Kurstin, previously worked with the company as a lighting specialist. The first draft of “Chrysalis” caught Klein’s attention because it fit the company’s goal for a character-driven genre film.
“A couple years ago I was driving through a town called Harvey, where there’s an abandoned mall, which was the same one they used in ‘The Blues Brothers,’” Kurstin said. “It’s been sitting empty for about 30 years, and as I drove by I realized there’s no better time to do a post-apocalyptic horror movie than right now, because of all these abandoned buildings and real estate sitting vacant because of the economy.”
“We made a film we feel is going to be very satisfying for everyone,” added Klein.
Run time is 99 minutes, and a question-and-answer session with the director will follow the screening.
The Maumee Indoor Theatre is located at 601 Conant St. Tickets are available for $10 at the door or $8 when pre-ordered at www.ChrysalisToledo.brownpapertickets.com.