|Grand Forks movie to premiere at Forx Film Fest|
The world premiere of a new movie shot in Grand Forks this summer will be at the sixth annual Forx Film Fest, which is being held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. “Dangers from Within” is an 81-minute feature by local filmmaker and UND lecturer Christopher P. Jacobs. It is scheduled to screen Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1, at approximately 3:15 p.m., followed by a brief question and answer session with the director.
Jacobs has completed five other independent features since 2002, all shot locally, and several recognized at film festivals around the country. He describes this movie as “sort of a combination of Nancy Drew and the DaVinci Code with a touch of Indiana Jones and a Midwestern college town flavor. It's basically a gothic thriller with an underlying sense of humor.”
The plot concerns a troubled teen sent to live with her eccentric aunt, where she meets a graduate student translating a rare and controversial ancient manuscript he's smuggled out of the Middle East. However, the two soon must rescue his kidnapped girlfriend while dealing with threats by various fanatics attempting to obtain his document and/or sabotage his work. Meanwhile, their house may or may not be haunted.
Starring in the major roles are Ellie Unkenholz, David Henry, Tara Ulness, Sarah Phillips, Ali Scrable, Paul Kelly, and Mark Landa, all of Grand Forks, and Jeff Kinney, Manvel. “Dangers from Within” was shot throughout most of July, using the HDV high-definition digital video format. A local theatrical release is planned for later in December.
A web site with background information, photos, and preview trailers can be found by a Google search on: “dangers from within” jacobs movie.