OAKHURST – Local filmmakers are presenting a movie aptly titled “Romance,” the day after Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Met Cinema. The show starts at 9 p.m.
“It’s a romantic comedy that was filmed in the Fresno area,” says Video Man Productions producer Darrell Mapson, who co-directed the film.
“Barry Rich wrote and stars in it. The first showing was this last April at Alan Autry’s acting studio for a smaller audience. Many of the actors who have been in Alan’s class for many years are in this film, including Heidi Harian who lives in Oakhurst.”
Heidi Harian also starred in the feature film, “Firefall,” produced by Met Theater partner, Matt Sconce. In “Romance,” Heidi plays “Tiffany,” whom Mapson described as a “disco loving shopaholic who has a strange way of picking out her clothes.”
The film was nominated for an Action on Film award and has been shown at the Action On Film Festival last year, in Monrovia, California. Saturday night will be the film’s theatrical debut.
Mapson himself also appears in the film, which was co-produced by Strike It Rich Productions, headed up by Barry Rich. Mapson has been in acting and production for 30 years, and was involved with “Firefall,” “Lost on Purpose,” and “Bigfoot’s Wild Weekend,” among other films.
In Romance, best friends Mark (Mark Cosentino) and Logan (Barry Richey) have different track records when it comes to love.
“Mark seems to always find love in the right places, but Logan doesn’t,” says Richey. “When Logan finds out that his girl friend Kelly, played by Christina Lyons, has been cheating on him, he must try and figure out where his life is headed, and leans on his friends and God for help. Perhaps his close friend, Summer, played by Chrysanthe Pappas, has an answer he didn’t expect.”