by Robert Bell
If the Monday blues have you feeling all "blah" and you're looking for a good time that doesn't involve anything too illegal, here's something that fits the bill, and which will actually help out a good cause: at White Water Tavern, starting at 7 p.m. on this very evening, there will be a fundraiser to help out the local filmmakers who are behind "Rapture Us," a forthcoming film about a young, highly devout Christian man who gets left behind when the rapture happens.
The film will star writer and director Levi Agee, whose name you're no doubt familiar with if you follow local cinema (he writes about film for the Oxford American and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) and Quinn Gasaway, whose credits include the role of Boy Hogwallop in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
There's going to be live entertainment from magician Derrick Rose and excellent tunes from The Catskill Kids, Whale Fire, Color Club and Attached Retina.
It's $10 at the door, with proceeds going toward production of the film. But if you're so inclined, you can also donate more at the show or, before 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, online right here.
Watch a trailer for the film and read the entire press release after the jump.
Rapture Us Film holds Benefit Show at White Water Tavern
LITTLE ROCK—The bands Attached Retina, Color Club, Whale Fire and Catskill Kids are set to take the stage alongside special guest magician Derrick Rose at music venue White Water Tavern in Little Rock on Monday, August 20, 2012 with proceeds to go toward the local film Rapture Us (www.indiegogo.com/raptureus). Rapture Us is a magical realist film about a devout Christian named Toby who is left behind after an event he refers to as the Rapture where thousands of Christians are taken up to heaven around the world in an instant. Toby who is well-versed in the apocalyptic predictions in the Bible comes face to face with a talking zombie, Mac, who was raised from the dead and is also "left behind" but claims he knows how Toby can get into heaven—by breaking the 10 Commandments to get God's attention. The story follows the two on their journey facing abandonment, morality, trust, and the after-math of a world-wide phenomena on the scale of a small country town. The film's director and writer Levi Agee has this to say on the film "This movie is not a faith-based or Christian film, it's a story-based film that happens to be about a Christian. I'm attracted to the psychology and the mythology of believing in these kinds of events and what it would be like something like the Rapture actually happened instead of the biblically-based conservative books or films like the Left Behind series."
The film's writer-director Levi Agee's life is obsessed with film. He is an editor and motion graphics artist at Little Rock advertising agency Stone Ward and also writes about local film for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, writes a bi-weekly column online for the Oxford American about Southern film, and has been programming the Little Rock Film Festival for the past four years. Timothy Wistrand, Terrell Case, Collin Buchanan and Matthew Corey Gattin are producing the film under the production company 2007 Productions based in Little Rock. Wistrand will be Assistant Director of the film alongside Levi Agee who will be directing as well as starring as Mac. Buchanan whose film Cotton County Boys (featuring Agee, Case, and Gattin) was the first film under the 2007 banner will edit the film.
The production has already cast its two leads in addition to Agee playing Mac, Quinn Gasaway (O' Brother Where Art Thou) will be playing Toby and Raeden Greer (The Host) will be playing his sister Carmen. There are still a few roles left to be filled and auditions will be announced soon.
The budget of Rapture Us is entirely funded by the donations of contributors through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo at www.indiegogo.com/raptureus. The campaign has raised over $2,000 through donations out of a $5,000 goal. By giving donations of a certain amount in return you get special perks like a DVD of the film, T-Shirts, 10 Commandments bookmark, and a chance to have a character named after you! The campaign ends on August 20th making the Benefit Show your last opportunity to give to the film before the deadline.
Attached Retina, Catskill Kids, Color Club, Whale Fire are bands in the Little Rock scene that have been getting a lot of great buzz and match the independent spirit and creativity of the film they are benefitting. Entertainer of the Year, Magician Derrick Rose will be also attending doing wildly exciting illusions from his magic act during the evening. "We're very excited to be able to involve these great bands and use a space like White Water that has been super kind to the Arts scene here in Little Rock," says Agee.
The show starts at 7:00 PM at White Water and the $10 cover charge will go towards the film's budget. Production on the film begins in early October and the producers hope to have the film completed by December and in the festival circuit in 2013.
"Rapture Us will be a film unlike anything else on the circuit. It's got a very magical quality to it, but it's also very rich in details concerning life, family, and faith in the South. It could only be made here. If you support independent artistry in Arkansas, this is a wonderful project to get behind" says producer and editor Collin Buchanan.
A sneak peak teaser of the film can be found here: http//vimeo.com/46170175
For more information about the film or the event or to request an interview contact the film's director Levi Agee at 501-837-5896 or email at email@example.com.