|Centre alum makes ghost film
RELEASED: May 7, 2001
DANVILLE, KYMatt Arnold, (Class of '96), came back to Kentucky last month to tell a story. A ghost story, that is, for his thesis project as a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinema. The short film, Resurrection Mary, may actually be one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by a graduate student at the school.
Filming mostly in Adair and Green counties, the movie is set in the fictional town of Resurrection, Kentucky, where sightings of a mysterious, ghostly woman have haunted the area for years. A young tabloid reporter comes across the story, only to discover the danger and mystery behind it goes deeper than he ever thought.
Arnold wanted to film a psychological ghost story, which was part of the reason he escaped California for the filming. He knew Kentucky had places with an atmosphere capable of more creepy, bizarre horror, as opposed to ridiculous, slasher films.
Amazingly, Arnold had the fortune to meet Michael McDavitt while in Los Angeles. McDavitt, who also attended Centre and in fact stayed in the same fraternity house room that Arnold would in later years, helped Arnold to get Wilford Brimley ("Our House," In and Out) to do his picture.
After filming, Arnold hopes to submit the film to several international festivals, such as Sundance, Cannes, or Toronto and compete in the short film categories. He also hopes to be able to take it to the Student Academy Awards.
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