The Keystone Theatre in Towanda will roll out a literal red carpet this afternoon for patrons who attend a test screening of “Hollow Creek,” a new movie that includes in its cast both the iconic Burt Reynolds and Towanda native David Ausem.
“It’s about overcoming odds,” said Ausem, 29, adding the film is suspenseful, romantic and contains a supernatural element that might remind movie-goers of Stephen King.
The plot centers on protagonist Blake Blackman, an author who arrives in a remote Appalachian town to work on his writing. Before he even settles in to the area, which has been plagued by the mysterious disappearance of several young boys, his girlfriend also goes missing.
In the minds of the local law enforcement, Blackman is the chief suspect, but there is no real evidence against him. So he’s free to go about his business, which includes putting up “missing” posters and searching for the woman he loves.
“I can tell you, he didn’t do it,” said Ausem, who portrays Officer Thompson from the local sheriff’s office.
Director Guisela Moro plays Angelica Santoro, the missing girlfriend, and Burt Reynolds plays the local coal tycoon Seagrass Lambert.
What was it like to work with Reynolds?
Ausem, who studies at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre (BRIFT) in Jupiter, Fla., calls him “the most generous man I ever met. He’s a personal mentor of mine and helps steer me in the right direction. He’s really helped me hone my craft.”
The film was shot in West Virginia, which Ausem, who also served as assistant director, describes as “incredibly beautiful.”
Today’s test screening will take place at 2 p.m. at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda, Bradford County. The test screening is open to the public at an $11 per ticket donation to Newfoundland Films via Paypal, through the movie’s Facebook page.
After the screening, a party will be held at The Weigh Station Cafe, a restaurant and bar in a converted railway station located behind the theater.