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Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky., Angela Oliver column

May 24, 2013


May 24--After attending a horror film festival two years ago, Owensboro native Daniel Benedict decided it was time to get back to work on his own films.

"I met a lot of motivated people there and that pushed me to go for it," he said.

Benedict is filming his latest project, "Bunni" around Owensboro. It is his eighth film venture since the mid-1990s. It's the first film he's made since 2000, and at 70 minutes, his longest yet.

His film canon reflects his fascination with the horror genre, he said. As a child, he was so inspired by the "Friday the 13th" series that he cast his family and friends in his independent sequels.

In "Bunni," a group of people leave a Halloween party, break into an abandoned business and horror ensues.

"Well, I can't give too much of it away," Benedict said. "We're looking at an October release date."

By day, Benedict, 33, is a digital marketing and video production coordinator for a Bowling Green management company. On the side, he and production partner Steve Boling run Red Serial Films.

Benedict started writing the "Bunni" script after his trip to the horror convention. Filming began in August, with no doubts about location.

"There are so many artistic, creative people right here. Why look anywhere else?" he said.

The cast and crew are comprised of local and regional talent, with the exception of the West Virginia-based special effects team.

Filming locations include Gambrinus Libation Emporium, Second Street and other downtown buildings.

Despite a limited budget of $2,000, Benedict said he's confident the film will be a success.

"It's my first full-fledged project, so it means a lot," he said. "It's a quality film and I'm glad to have a skilled local team involved."

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