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Father, son, 8, team up on film

June 24, 2013

YellowBrix

June 24--In the Starks household, home videos and pictures have found their way to the 21st century.

Local filmmaker P.J. Starks and his son, Logan, 8, will release "Into the World 2: A Toddler's Tale" on Sunday. It will premiere at noon on Sugg Street Post, an online entertainment magazine. It is produced by Starks' company, Verite Cinema.

The film is a follow-up to "Into the World: A Baby's Tale," which was released in 2011, when Logan's brother, Connor, was born.

The first film began as a way to keep Logan at ease about his changing family.

"A lot of children feel they'll get left out when a new baby comes along," Starks said. "I didn't want Logan to go through that, so we made it a way to help him welcome Connor."

In the new film, Logan narrates the responsibilities of a big brother, donning a Captain America costume in one scene. It picks up a few days before Connor's second birthday in May.

"I want him to feel at home," Logan said. "If he's thirsty, I get milk for him, or when his toys are high on a shelf, I get them down."

It features the Starks' home videos and photos along with scenes of the boys playing, reading -- and bickering -- together.

While Starks directed the 12-minute film, Logan was in charge of choosing the footage.

"I have several goals working on film projects with my kids," Starks said. "I hope they see my passion and dedication, emulate that and apply it to whatever endeavors they truly enjoy."

The film also features six songs by local artists, including Chris Dickman, an Owensboro native and bassist for Boston rock band Gone For Days. The original score was done by Kevin Rhodes and Matt Branham.

"I cannot thank Gone For Days and all the local musicians enough for allowing us to incorporate their music into the film," Starks said. "Their talent will help to make the final product a more special one."

Though Logan has been involved in Starks' films, including playing a ghost in "My Horror Project," he said he wasn't sure that he'd pursue filmmaking. He plans to become an alien or superhero, but said he enjoyed creating the project with his dad and would like to do it again.

"I like it because it shows how much I love my brother," he said.

For a preview, see suggstreetpost.com or youtube.com/veritecinemafilms.

Angela Oliver, 691-7360, aoliver@messenger-inquirer.com

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