Award-winning local film to be released as web series

• Award-winning film Hand of Glory to be released in four parts throughout December

Staff Report

Following a successful festival run, Hand of Glory will take on a new life as a web series on Facebook throughout December. The acclaimed film will be released for a limited time in four online episodes starting Dec. 1, with subsequent installments Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22.

The film was initially intended to be a web series, so the story arc works well when serialized into four episodes,” noted Writer/Director Stuart Wahlin, who earned the award for Best Director from the Prairie State Film Festival in Chicago earlier this year.

Hand of Glory follows Joseph (two-time Best Actor nominee Darren Marlar, Loves Park), a lonely widower seeking the affection of a troubled young woman named Karen (Best Actress Heather Dorff, Chicago).

Finding it difficult to lower Karen’s guard, however, Joseph turns to desperate means to win her heart.

The limited-time release coincides with the launch of Wahlin’s new endeavor, Slay Utterly, a modern crime thriller inspired by a series of century-old unsolved murders. Viewers of the Hand of Glory web series will get a sneak-peek at a trailer for the new film, which is to begin shooting in Winnebago County this spring. The feature film will be set mostly in rural locations.

We’ve got everything we need to make another great film right here in northern Illinois,” Wahlin said. “The key, though, is to get the community involved. Although the final product will look like a million bucks, this is still grassroots filmmaking. Any locations, props, wardrobe or other things our neighbors could help us with would mean the world, and we’re inviting everyone to be part of our team.”

Those interested in either film can find more information at

From the Dec. 5-11, 2012, issue

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