Reported by KPLC Staff
Photographs Courtesy of Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
UPDATE: "Good Boy" will premiere in Lake Charles May 30th at the Central School theater. Doors open at 7pm and the screening begins at 8pm. Admission is free and seating is first come first serve. The film is for mature audiences.
It's not often that Westlake residents see a film crew hanging out at one of their gas stations. The same goes for residents of Dry Creek, Moss Bluff, Sulphur, DeQuincy, and Lake Charles. But a sharp eye would have caught a movie crew in a variety of unexpected corners throughout Southwest Louisiana this June.
The movie is "Good Boy". The crew is a jambalaya of Louisiana folks mixed in with filmmakers all the way from Arizona. Film director/producer, Patrick Roddy made the trip from Arizona to shoot the psychological thriller written by Moss Bluff native Ken Henderson. Roddy is a former professor of Mass Communications at McNeese State University.
Armed with a small eager crew, Roddy and company braved dense humidity, Louisiana's ever present army of mosquitoes and a tight shooting schedule, shooting an entire feature film in only 16 days. However, the drive to make a great movie overshadowed the hardships and the crew considered each other as extended family from morning 'til night.
"Good Boy" is a movie about a young man whose family we know nothing about. All we know is that he's in a dead-end job and would do just about anything to get out and start a brand new life. Unfortunately, his plan takes a wrong turn when he gets tangled up with a sadistic killer and his human pets.
The lead actor in "Good Boy" is Josh Marcantel, a DeQuincy native who now lives in New York City where he co-founded the Black Door Theatre Company. Gary Shannon, of Sulphur, Louisiana plays the villain in the film. Other Louisiana actors in the movie are Tommy Cole, Hilary Bronwyn Gayle, Carl Bergeron, Carol Anne Gayle, Charles McNeely, Julie Ann Fay, John Prince, Chris Bello and Cherie Trahan. Horror film beauty and scream queen, Tiffany Shepis, has a supporting role.
This isn't the first time, Patrick Roddy has shot a feature in Lake Charles. His directorial debut, "Mercy" was shot in the city in 2005 just months before hurricane Rita hit. Several locations were destroyed in the storm making some images in the film the last of their kind. "Mercy" has received rave reviews and has just been released for domestic and international DVD distribution.
If you're eager to see what Roddy has cooked up this summer "Good Boy's" premiere will be 8pm, May 30th at Central School in Lake Charles.