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Chris Cooley's movie screens at D.C. Independent Film Festival, likely headed straight to DVD


Chris Cooley watches footage of his acting debut in "Ghosts Don't Exist." (Donnie Conty)


If you missed Sunday's screening of "Ghosts Don't Exist" at the D.C. Independent Film Festival -- it's the first movie produced by Redskins star Chris Cooley and his brother, Tanner -- well, it may be a while before you'll see the low-budget horror film, despite the raves at the sold-out premiere. "Granted, the theater was full of friends and family," said director Eric Espejo.

The "micro-budget film," shot in 15 days last year for less than $250,000, includes cameos by both Cooley brothers, Lindsay Czarniak, and Mike O'Meara. Early reviews are mixed: D.C. Universe blog called it "One of the best, most original ghost stories I've seen in a long time," but City Paper was less kind: "The dialogue is corny enough to make George Lucas cringe, and the melodramatic score only reinforces the over-the-top acting."

Next? Espejo said they're talking to distributors, but the feature is unlikely to make it into theaters: "This is probably straight to DVD."


By The Reliable Source  |  March 16, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
 
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