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Locally-filmed Embedded premieres in Revelstoke

Don Knodel stars as TV reporter James Parnell alongside actor Steve Thackray as Sheriff Mike Hoffler in the low budget thriller Embedded, which was filmed in Revelstoke in 2010. Revelstoke was transformed into Hatts Creek, USA, as you can tell from the temporary sign and American flag on city hall. The film makes its Canadian premiere on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Roxy Theatre.   - Still from Embedded contributed by Don Knodel
Don Knodel stars as TV reporter James Parnell alongside actor Steve Thackray as Sheriff Mike Hoffler in the low budget thriller Embedded, which was filmed in Revelstoke in 2010. Revelstoke was transformed into Hatts Creek, USA, as you can tell from the temporary sign and American flag on city hall. The film makes its Canadian premiere on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Roxy Theatre.
— image credit: Still from Embedded contributed by Don Knodel

Revelstoke audiences will finally get a look at their home town through the lens of Revelstoke-born director Micheal Bafaro when Embedded has its Canadian premiere at the Roxy Theatre on Feb. 28.

The low-budget ‘found film’ genre thriller was filmed here in 2010 and features lots of local talent in small parts and as extras.

Even mayor David Raven helped out with the production when he toured the area with the producers to do some amateur location scouting. The retired forester showed them around the Blanket Creek area where many of the outdoor scenes were filmed.

Embedded tells the tale of a former big-time television reporter whose career has taken a turn for the worse. He’s reporting from rural Montana when he’s called to the fictional town of Hatts Creek, to cover the story of a 12-year-old boy who’s gone missing in the woods.

The reporter joins the police and a posse of hunters who form a search party (hence ‘Embedded’) and venture into the forest. The townsfolk suspect a grizzly bear, seeing as cattle had been going missing near town.

Embedded has a documentary-style look, drawing the audience into the story from the perspective of the television station videographer (played by Knodel).

Producer and star Don Knodel notes the film has racked up some critical nods. It earned the Best Narrative Feature award at the Lighthouse International Film Festival 2012 in Long Beach, New Jersey, and was nominated for the Best Ensemble Cast award at the 2012 Orlando Film Festival.

Knodel said the film hasn’t yet been picked up for distribution.

Director Bafaro, producer and star Knodel and other cast members will be available for a Q&A at the public screenings at the Roxy Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

~with file notes

 

 

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