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FREEPORT, Ill. — The Darkening, a feature-length film that was shot in the Rockford and Freeport areas, will be showing at 9 p.m., Sunday, March 11, at Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Ave., Freeport, Ill.
A meet-and-greet with cast and crew will be at 7:30 p.m., March 11, at 21 S. Chicago Ave., Freeport, Ill.
The Darkening is a suspense/horror film set in the Midwest. The story centers around a young married man, James Harrison, who witnessed his mother’s murder at age 8. James returns to his hometown after 20 years with his wife to sell the old house in which his mother was brutally murdered, but he becomes the main suspect in a series of killings similar to his mother’s.
The film was shot last summer in Rockford and Freeport and cast entirely with local professional actors. This sneak-peak is a thank-you to the communities that helped with the film.
Director Jack Young explained: “We chose the Rockford/Freeport area to film because it’s the perfect setting. We’re excited to be able to show the communities where we filmed a sneak peak and also to show them what amazingly talented actors they have right here in their own back yard. It’s an exciting event that doesn’t happen every day, and we’re hoping we pack the house. “
Local talent includes actors like Nick Layng (The Last Job, Intrusion), Melissa Revels (This Is Our City, Proof of Life), Jeff Scaduto (It’s Complicated, The Playboy Club) and Toni Pieper (Rush, Days of Thunder) as well as Tommy Larsen, Alex Romero, Sue Cook, Mike DiIacova and many more. Tim Stotz was the director of photography.
In addition to the Freeport showing, a Rockford showing is in the works. Visit www.thedarkeningmovie.com for a link to purchase tickets and to find out more about the film.
Posted March 8, 2012