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Children of the Hunt returns to Carousel, and an Amazing premiere in Greensboro

by Mark Burger

Children of the Hunt was one of the last works from local filmmaker Adam Ross, who died suddenly last year. (courtesy image)

If you missed the premiere of the independent action thriller Children of the Hunt in January, you’re in luck: The movie, which was filmed in and around Greensboro, will “re-premiere” on April 18 at the Carousel Luxury Cinemas (1305 Battleground Ave., Greensboro).

Although the earlier screening sold out, an unexpected snowstorm deterred some from driving to Greensboro to see it. Hence, the re-premiere.

“I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to re-premiere Children of the Hunt, and to get the chance to make a feature, for that matter,” said Matthew B. Moore, the film’s editor, screenwriter, producer and director. “Hats off to the Carousel Luxury Cinemas for playing ball with all of us indie filmmakers.”

The film, a low-budget sci-fi action blowout, is set in the oppressive, totalitarian future of 2052 AD (not a particularly pleasant year, according to this film). One of the more popular pastimes in this society is “the hunt,” in which the wealthy and powerful pay for the exclusive privilege of bagging (or attempting to) the ultimate game: man.

Needless to say, those hunted are none too thrilled to be perennial quarry, so they band together in unity and in rebellion, determined to turn the tables on the hunters.

The film’s cast, playing guys and gals both good and bad (and sometimes both), includes David Stevens, Paul Shaw, Darren Dalton, Crystal Largen, Alexander Isaiah Thomas,

Juan-Carlos Guzman, Larry Parks, Jacques Shy, Mike Beane and Moore himself. He even cast his wife, production and costume designer Sophia Madalana Martinez Moore, as the first victim in the film!

Members of the cast and crew are expected to be on hand for the screening.

“I am so glad to have this [film] completed because there are two more Adam Ross Productions’ feature films on the way,” noted Moore, referring to the film’s late executive producer and to the feature films Vault of Darkness 3-D and Dawn of the Redneck Samurai, both also filmed in Greensboro and in post-production, “which means [we] all still have a bit of work to do. The Adam Ross legacy requires a lot of our free time but the crowds seem to dig our stuff, so on we go.”

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.75.

For more information, see www.carouselbattleground.com or visit the official Adam Ross Productions website: http://adamrossproductions.com/

Speaking of premieres, April 23 will mark the first public showing of a new, locally produced documentary feature which will be screened at the Community Center on the campus of Guilford College (5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro).

The film showcases the efforts of the “Glen Haven Performance Project” at the Glen Haven Development Center in Greensboro.

This semester, Guilford College students undertook the Performance Project, an afterschool homework program for children ages 5-17. The college students coordinated such programs as slam poetry, a photography camp, theater and dance teachings, and other projects that exemplified the children’s creative expression.

These programs and performances were duly recorded for a documentary film that focuses on the children’s talents and creative growth. Through the documentary, the students hope to share with others the issues that these at-risk children face on a daily basis, as well as their collective and individual perseverance and resilience.

Showtime is 6 p.m. Admission is free.

However, donations will be accepted and used to establish a “Glen Haven Fund” to pay for educational supplies, snacks, field trips and, hopefully, one day a scholarship fund for the students.

For more information, e-mail carringtonjc@guilford.edu or see www.peace-justice.net/index.html

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