Local ‘Slay Utterly’ screenplay wins in competition

Staff Report

CHICAGO — March 7, local award-winning director Stuart Wahlin’s script, Slay Utterly, won in the Cinemaesque Screenplay Competition’s (www.cinemaesquescreenplay.com) feature category.

As soon as it was announced, my phone started ringing off the hook,” Wahlin said, noting one of the first congratulatory calls came from co-producer and independent horror icon Bill Oberst Jr., who is slated to star in the film opposite Melantha Blackthorne. “Not bad for a first draft.”

Though not presently financed, Wahlin and Oberst are confident the film, inspired by a series of 100-year-old unsolved murders, will be funded. The crimes were also the subject of Wahlin’s 2013 documentary, The Ax Man Enigma.

We think we’re really close to getting this thing greenlit,” Wahlin indicated. “This latest honor will only bring us closer to actually moving Slay Utterly out of the development stage.”

With an anticipated budget of $200,000, Wahlin plans to shoot the film entirely in northern Illinois.

Wahlin, a former Rockford journalist, was awarded Best Director in 2012 for his first feature film, Hand of Glory.

From the March 12-18, 2014

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