The Cape Breton-made Legend of The Psychotic Forest Ranger is on its way to Halifax and the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival, but before it debuts in the provincial capital, hometown cineastes will have one more chance to enjoy it on the big screen.
The send up of 1980’s teen slasher flicks will be screened at Sydney’s Empire Theatres Studio Ten on Thursday, September 8, at 7pm. The film had two sold-out midnight showings in August.
“We ended up raising more than we expected to for our ‘Send the Ranger to Camp’ campaign, and there has been an amazing response to the film,” co-director Brad Mills says in an email interview. “People are wearing the Ranger shirts and telling us how much they loved the movie, and asking if we will show it one more time. To say thanks, we are holding a Pay What You Can Encore Screening at 7pm on September 8 for all the folks who couldn’t make it to our midnight showing, or couldn’t afford $15, or just want to see it once more!”
After the final Sydney showing, Mills and his sister Jacquie (who co-directed and shot the film), along with some of the cast and crew, are off to Halifax for their film festival debut.
That screening will happen on Wednesday, September 21, 12 midnight, in Theatre 3 of the Park Lane cineplex on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road.
“We are excited to bring the Ranger to Halifax, it’s a whole new audience,” Brad Mills observes, “I’m curious how people will react when there are more degrees of separation from family and friends who were involved with the film!”
Mills adds: “The early signs are good because we are currently leading the pack for buzz on Atlantic Film Festival’s website, so clearly there’s an audience for this sort of throwback film.”
He asks Halifax filmgoers to “add us to your calendar to keep the buzz going and show Halifax people fear the Ranger!”