After making the promise to premiere his movie in LaGrange, Ben Watts brings “Blood of Man” to the Carmike LaGrange 10 on Saturday morning.
Watts, a LaGrange native, shot the short film on locations around Troup County this summer.
The screening is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a reception at the theater.
Watts is a 2005 Troup High graduate and graduated from Bucknell University. He’s been living in San Fransisco, working as a freelance editor, and wrote “Blood of Man” there. He calls it a “coming of age story,” about two brothers in the late 1960s. Older brother Neal and his compulsive liar brother Charlie are out in the woods one summer day, bored, when their love-hate relationship is put to the test by an event. “It’s not ‘Deliverance,’” Watts said. “It’s more like ‘Stand By Me.’”
Cinematographer Phillip Briggs, also a Troup High School graduate, worked on the movie with Watts.
Briggs graduated from Troup in 1996 and went to The Academy of Art University. He heard about the film first, then his wife, who also is from here, said she remembered Watts from a church youth group.
“To get to come back here and shoot is just cool,” Briggs said this summer. “And it’s a great script.”
Watts announced his project through the fundraising website, kickstarter. com, and most of the rest of the cast and crew came from connections formed there. Others are local friends of Watts’ family, who still lives here. The majority of the film was shot on Chris and Robin Copeland’s property, off West Point Road. The boys’ grandmother in the film is played by Diane Wright, LaGrange resident Kathy Sargent’s mother.