Posted on 07 September 2012.
The Price is Right and the Local Filmakers Series is One of Humboldt’s Best-Kept Secrets
HAPPENING TONIGHT At 6:30:
On Friday, September 7, Benjamin Bettenhausen, a local filmmaker and producer, will share selected works with a sneak peek at behind the scenes of the movie FLEA as part of the Local Filmmakers Night series at Eureka High School Lecture Hall.
Bettenhausen, whose works include documentaries, commercials, and industrials, often performs as the writer, director, videographer, and editor mastering all areas of filmmaking.
FLEA is a $300,000-plus production filmed in Humboldt by Suza Lambert Bowser Productions. Location shoots took advantage of striking local scenery including Humboldt’s forests, Arcata Plaza, and the otherworldly back bowels of, say, Arcata Scrap and Salvage. The film taps an astounding amount of local talent: actors, support staff, set designers, make-up artists, grips, gaffers, and many more with the technical skills required to make a full-on motion picture.
Former Humboldt Film Commissioner Mary Cruse said Humboldt County is well-positioned to become a production-friendly film mecca because of productions like FLEA.
“The more quality and creative productions that are made by local filmmakers, the more attractive we are for visiting productions,” Cruse said. She credits Humboldt State’s film program and local high school support for media production with helping develop the area’s abundant moviemaking assets.
“Because of digital media, our locations and our talent, there’s no reason Humboldt County can’t become a premier location for international film productions. For every key film position, we have crew,” Cruse said.
For the simple plot summary of FLEA, the Brady Bunch’s Greg Brady… er, Barry Williams, gives the short synopsis in the above clip. More info can be found at fleamovie.com.
Local Filmmakers Night, a collaboration between Access Humboldt, filmHUMBOLDT and the Eureka High School Media Club, is a screening series that supports and promotes the local film community. Following the screening, attendees can enjoy, Q & A session with the filmmaker, movie trivia, prizes, and a reception at Access Humboldt’s Community Media Center.
Doors open at 6:30. Screening starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 per person and all are welcome to attend.
The Eureka High School Lecture Hall is located on Humboldt St. & K St. by the EHS Gymnasium.
(Access Humboldt adds: Thanks to the event’s sponsors: La Dolce Video, Brett Shuler, Wildberries, Cassaro’s Catering, Old Town Coffee & Chocolates, Los Bagels, Spotlight Video and Figueiredo’s Video on Harris!)
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Folks, take it from Skippy: These screenings are a wonderful experience. They rate a full thumbs-up. A good Humboldt crowd of friends and neighbors, the catered eats and treats included in the price are wonderfully good and plentiful, and the cushioned seats are pretty comfy.
At $5 a pop, you won’t find a better value and venue in the County. And you’re supporting our local filmmakers, Eureka High, and Access Humboldt, too.