Chris Cooley's movie screens at D.C. Independent Film Festival, likely headed straight to DVD
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."
The Reliable Source
March 16, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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