Locally produced film premieres Monday | SteamboatToday.com

Locally produced film premieres Monday

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What: Local premiere of the film ”9:10 - 4:45”

When: 7 p.m., Monday, April 20

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

— Sci-fi films offer visual escape into a world of heroes, villains, distant planets and impossible quests.

Using this innovative, futuristic setting, one local director created a parallel universe of everyday realities.

If You Go…

What: Local premiere of the film ”9:10 – 4:45”

When: 7 p.m., Monday, April 20

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

“The theme of the film is escapism. Each of the characters is trying to escape from something in their life,” said Michael Staley, director of the film “9:10 – 4:45,” which is inspired by the Canadian and German co-producted TV show “Lexx.”

Working for a maintenance division and various temp jobs in the past, Staley, who lives in Steamboat Springs, has encountered many interesting personalities, which he said are found in almost any office or work environment. So, he decided to create a film centered around those characters working in the same department together.

“These are very accessible characters,” Staley said. “I think everyone knows an Abe in their life, or a Dennis and has even worked for a Janet or met a Susan, and everyone knows a Carl.”

Staley explained that these characters are essentially slackers who try to get away with doing as little work as possible without getting into trouble. But, trouble seems to find its way to them.

The film will makes its public premiere at the Chief Theater Monday night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free for the public to attend. There will be a brief question-and-answer session with the filmmaker and cast after the screening.

Originally, “9:10 – 4:45” began as a one-act play Staley wrote as an undergrad at James Madison University. Fast forward to 2014, Staley refined the text as it evolved into a quirky sci-fi story that takes place on “The Cluster” spaceship.

“Michael understands quirky humor really well,” said Cody Poirot, who plays Tim in the film. “He has that Wes Anderson film type of quirky charmingness. When characters say certain lines it makes you weirdly fall in love with them.”

Staley brought together actors from a variety of acting groups in town like the Chief Players, Cabaret, Piknik Theater and Pirate Theater.

“It was a really cool, magical thing that happened to see all these different actors from various groups side by side in the show together,” Staley said.

With a cast and crew of 39 people, the high school stage was transformed into a spaceship. Filming took place over the course of two days.

“I was really impressed from being behind the scenes to see what it takes to get this all together,” said Brad Kinderd, who plays Abe and who has been involved with film and videography for 30 years now. “This is not like a backyard video, this is semi-professional, and the production values are very good.”

A collaborative effort from beginning to end, Staley said it took the help of the cast, crew and especially executive producer Margaret Whittum for “9:10 – 4:45” to be a success.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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