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Local film to debut at Chicago Indie Horror Film Festival March 23-25
• Hand of Glory will debut at Chicago’s Portage Theater
CHICAGO — Vinland CineMusique Motion Pictures has announced the world premiere of Hand of Glory will be at the Chicago Indie Horror Film Festival March 23-25.
Writer/Director Stuart Wahlin, a former Rockford journalist, received word Dec. 29 that his first feature-length film is an Official Selection for the festival, which will be at Chicago’s historic Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.
Hand of Glory follows the story of Joseph (Darren Marlar), a lonely delivery man who falls in love with an alcoholic prostitute named Karen (Heather Dorff, Best Actress, 2011 Chicago Horror Film Festival), who frequents one of the stops along his route. Though they soon become friends, Joseph is unable to figure out what makes the very guarded Karen tick. While Karen drowns the sorrows of her mysterious past, keeping him at bay, Joseph remains committed to winning her affection, resorting to extreme measures in his search for the key to her heart. Embarking on a dark journey with a mystical relic — a “hand of glory,” whose legend purports the ability to unlock any door — Joseph soon discovers that such feats come at a dire price.
Although the film is expected to hit the international festival circuit in 2012, Wahlin said he’s pleased the film’s first public screening will be in Chicago.
“We’re all very excited to premiere Hand of Glory in our own back yard, among our friends and supporters,” he said.
Although Wahlin considers the film to be more of a thriller than horror, he explained, “It’s definitely on the dark side, so I think that’s why Spook Show Entertainment [the festival’s promoter] thought it would fit in nicely at the festival.”
For more information, visit http://www.handofgloryfilm.com or http://indiehorrorfest.com/2011/12/29/hand-of-glory-2012-official-selection/.
From the Jan. 4-10, 2012, issue