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by Mark Burger

In Movement and Location (see review, Page 28), Bodine Boling portrays Kim Getty, a young woman who lives a quiet, low-key existence in New York City “¦ lest anyone find out her secret.

Kim isn’t really Kim. Her real name is Mary. She has no last name, because four centuries in the future, people don’t have last names. She has come back in time to live an existence freer than she would otherwise, and she’s about to discover that she’s not the only one.

Bodine Boling not only acted, edited and produced the film, but it also marks her feature debut as a screenwriter. Her husband Alexis Boling, also a producer, directed the film and served as its cinematographer.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will screen Movement and Location Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, preceded by a gathering at Scuppernong Books where people can meet the Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife filmmaking duo, who will also field questions from the audience following the screening.

“We’re so excited,” Bodine Boling says.

“Alexis is from Georgia but has lived in Brooklyn since 2004, which is where and when we met. He’s been to North Carolina many times for work and pleasure, but I’ve only been – and briefly – to a town outside of Asheville.”

The impetus for the film, which is a character study, an ensemble piece, and high-concept fantasy rolled into one, was simple.

She explains: “I began as an actress, and decided to writer the script because I wanted to write a role for myself. Having this goal in mind is what kept me going through the 17 drafts required to get the script to a state I thought worth making. The story itself fell together through all the revisions. Not everything went exactly as I’d imagined, but that’s the nature of this kind of thing. I’m very proud how it came out. I worked hard on it and I’m a fan of stories where you get enough to make you think but are left some room to come to conclusions. That was definitely the balance I was trying to find.”

The Bolings previously collaborated on the 2009 short Getting Pregnant and the 2009 comedy The Ted Haggard Monologues. Movement and Location is their most ambitious project to date, and has paid off in critical acclaim. The film won three awards at the Brooklyn International Film Festival (Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Score), two from the Rome International Film Festival (Best Feature and Best Narrative Feature Film), and the Alhambra Theatre Film Festival’s Best Actress award for Boling. In many ways, Movement and Location is the little film that could.

“Our budget was very low,” Bodine says.

“It was a true labor of love. More than a few times I thought it would all fall apart and we’d end up so deeply (in debt) – financially and emotionally – but without even a finished product to show for it.”

Shooting on location in New York City proved both blessed and arduous.

“It was an honor and a terror to shoot in New York City,” Bodine admits. “We shot in February of 2013, and I did at one point have to schedule around a blizzard. But I think that fits the vibe of the film perfectly, and helped the city make the story feel even more real and more difficult for the characters.

“There’s an intensity to the city that helped us power through,” she says. “New York is vibrant and inhospitable and it makes a person rise to its challenge. I think the film, with our particular story, has an energy that would be absent had we shot anywhere else.”

She lauds her fellow actors, who include Catherine Missal, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Brendan Griffin, David Andrew MacDonald and Haile Owusu.

“The cast is entirely friends or friends/ relatives of friends I’ve long admired,” she says. “All of the primary cast except for me have been on Broadway and have a lot of experience with TV and film, but responded to the script and wanted to be involved, which I took as such a high compliment.

“It’s harder to articulate how magical the crew was, but they mirrored the talent of the cast. Everyone worked long days with patience and grace. As hard as the project was, I look back at the time spent with the people, and if for that only, I’d do it again in a second.” !

WANNA go?

Movement and Location will be screened 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Carolina Theatre (310 S. Greene St., Greensboro) as part of the Southern Circuit Indie Film Series. Tickets are $7 (general admission) or $6 (students, senior citizens, military).

There will also be a “meet-and-greet” with the filmmakers beginning at 5 pm at Scuppernong Books (304 S. Elm St., Greensboro). For advance tickets or more information, call 336.333.2605 or visit the official Carolina Theatre website: http:// www.carolinatheatre.com/.

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