June 28--For the premiere of his first full-length feature, Kris Simms decided to head home.
Simms, a Pueblo native, is one of the creators of "P.M.," a horror movie that revolves around the cattle mutilation phenomena of Southern Colorado. The film was created on location in the San Luis Valley.
Simms and his production partners, Dave Franco and Ben Martinez, will be on hand for the "P.M." premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday in the InfoZone News Museum at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.
Now living in Denver, Simms graduated from South High School in 1999 and graduated from Colorado State University-Fort Collins He got
from page 5A his master's degree in information resources at the University of Arizona with the intent of starting a career managing film archives -- until he tried writing screenplays for the first time.
"Once I started writing, I never really looked back," he said. "It was a major lesson in humility.
It took about four years of learning before I really got my feet under me and learned to be a screenwriter."
Simms was scouting locations in the San Luis Valley for a short film when he and friends came upon the gruesome sight of a deer carcass caught in barbed wire.
"The guys said, 'That's gross,' and I told them they didn't know (what gross was). Then I told them about the cattle mutilations."
Voila, a screenplay idea was born and after about three years of research, filming and post-production, it's ready for the world to see. "P.M." is about a reality TV show crew that comes to the valley to film its (inauthentic) paranormal series. All that survives the trip is the crew's footage, which tells the story.
"We use some real interviews and some mockumentary interviews to elaborate on the premise," said Simms.
"We worked with a couple of real paranormal investigators who gave us access to all of their photographs, videos and physical samples (and) we visited some of the locations where there have been mutilations."
The movie was financed by the three men and their family and friends. Co-workers from the Denver ChopHouse,where many of them work, pitched in with a variety of production aspects.
"We sourced all of the people in our lives," he said. "By not quitting our day jobs, we not only had a source of revenue, we had access to a lot of talent."
Pueblo was chosen for the debut screening as a thank-you to everyone from Southern Colorado who helped make the movie. Another screening will take place at the Mayan Theater in Denver on July 11.
Admission to the screening is free, but seating is limited to about 100 people. The filmmakers hope to raise money through donations to defray the cost of submitting the movie to multiple film festivals this year.
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