POULSBO — When David LeMay and his friends first began making films as elementary students, it was mostly silly stuff. LeMay and his friends Owen Barabasz and Connor Delaney slowly got more into serious filmmaking.
Now, the three, along with J.C. Mercer, are preparing to show their first full-length feature film, Oct. 31 at the Firehouse Theater.
The four listed above are now known professionally as Familiar Features. Barabasz, Connor and LeMay once made films for the North Kitsap School District’s Options program, something teacher Nathaniel Smith remembers with amusement.
One project in particular, Smith said, had his former students using Gordon Elementary as a metaphor for the human brain. Each room they entered was a different portion of the brain. The film had voiceovers and all.
“It’s not a big surprise,” Smith said of his former students producing a film. “This has been going on for them for years.”
So what began as projects for class and a hobby will soon premiere on the big screen.
It will be a special screening of a film that many north-end residents will feel right at home with, at least when it comes to the landscape.
“Affliction” was filmed primarily in Indianola, Kingston and Poulsbo. There was some filming done in Jefferson County.
The film takes place in Indianola and will not be without recognizable locations. Even the film’s poster features the Indianola dock.
“You see a lot of movies that take place here, but aren’t filmed here [in the Northwest],” said LeMay, a 2010 Kingston High School graduate. The actors are just as local as the locations.
The top-billed actors include Paul Bryan, Lofall; Delaney, Poulsbo; Angela Faro and Larry Hawkins, Seattle; LeMay, Kingston; Ashley Martinez Bremerton; Myriah Riedel, Indianola; and Jim Wengren, Poulsbo.
The film was directed by Barabasz, written by Delaney and produced by Mercer. LeMay was the director of photography and filming. Riedel, also a former Options student and graduate of NKSD, plays the lead role, Rachel.
The film follows Rachel, who contracts an illness that drives its victims insane. The illness can be spread by touch. As “her world disintegrates into a terror of hallucinations, monsters, and half-remembered nightmares,” the film will show Rachel fighting to survive. The town she once knew becomes overrun.
“It was quite an undertaking,” LeMay said.
The longest film LeMay and the founders of Familiar Features had shot was 40 minutes. That was a film that was done quickly, but not professionally, LeMay said.
Originally, the team thought it would take a month or two for production, LeMay said.
The story and script were developed since last fall. The team moved into production and filming in June. It took three times as long as they had thought.
“We were doing a lot of filming in August,” LeMay said. The team originally thought filming would be done by the end of July.
As of Oct. 24, within a week of its debut, LeMay and Familiar Features were putting the final touches on the film.
“Just some fine-tuning,” LeMay said.
After the screening, LeMay expects Familiar Features to continue working on the film and prepare to bring it to film festivals.
At A Glance
What: Premiere of “Affliction,” a locally produced feature film.
When: Oct. 31, 9:20 p.m.
Where: Firehouse theater, 11171 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston.
Tickets: $15. www.familiarfeatures.brownpapertickets.com