After years of planning, casting, fundraising, shooting, editing and promotion, a
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Beach Movie Bistro, with additional screenings 10:30 p.m. Friday April 20.
The independent slasher flick was shot in 2010 at locations around the Peninsula —
Tonight's screening, though, represents the first time the movie's played to a general audience. Lockhart, who runs the Newport News video production company Seven Cities Media, is eager to see the reaction. He's made documentaries before, but this is his first feature film.
"It's a little B movie, but
The film's budget of $1.15 million is tiny compared to that of major motion pictures, but "The Watermen" boasts a level of craftsmanship not associated with low-cost films.
New technology, along with Lockhart's own videography expertise, helped him keep costs under control, he said.
"I don't expect to win any
The cast features a few seasoned professionals including
Locals filled out the cast. Local reggae musician Scott Davis plays one of the malevolent fishermen for whom the movie is named. The film's prime villain is played by Gordy Price, whose real-life day job is running the music instrument shop Pro Music and Sound in
"It isn't 'The Shining,' but it's better than most," Price said of the film. "It's decent, it's entertaining and it moves quick."
When he describes the movie as decent, he's not making a moral judgment. "The Watermen" is Rated R for nudity as well as bloody and gratuitous violence. Mewes shows a body part not often seen in mainstream cinema. Female stars of the movie go topless several times.
Lockhart said nudity helps a film gain distribution in some markets. "The goal, obviously, is to get a return on your investment," he said. "My mom isn't too proud of it, but ..."
The story told in "The Watermen" is set in the local area. It remains to be seen how seafood industry workers will react to this tale of murderous mischief at the bait shack.
"Watermen are good people — I've known them my whole life," Price said. "It's like anything. You could have a movie about a bad doctor, but that doesn't mean all doctors are bad. It's just a fun horror movie."
Want to go?
What: Premier of "The Watermen" a film by Newport News' Matt Lockhart
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, with additional screenings at 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 20
Where: Beach Movie Bistro, 941 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach