The locally-made indie horror film “Season of Darkness” will make its debut tonight at the Drexel Theater, featuring writer/director Jay Woelfel and several cast members in attendance for a discussion session following the feature.
For years, Woelfel (a Columbus-native and OSU graduate) has wanted to put Columbus at the center stage of a supernatural horror film.
“I hoped to convince a California-based production company to let me bring a production back here to shoot,” he explained. “It took about 20 years before it actually happened.”
Woelfel filmed the movie in Columbus with friends and fellow filmmakers that he worked with on his first film back in the 1980s.
“It was a reunion of sorts for me, Jay and cinematographer Scott Spears,” said actor Nick Baldasare. “We were all involved in Jay’s first movie, the cult film Beyond Dream’s Door, which was also shot in Columbus.”
Season of Darkness was written to use specific locations throughout Columbus, so the film features many landmarks that local audiences will recognize, including the Columbus Museum of Art, the Park of Roses and quarries along the Scioto River.
Another unique aspect of the movie is that it was shot and finished exclusively on 35mm film, giving it a feel closer to classic horror films.
Tonight’s debut at the Drexel takes place at 7:45pm.
More information can be found online at www.drexel.net.