If you’re looking for something a little outside the box during Georgefest May 5, swing by The Electric Theater at 8 p.m. The Film and Media Alliance of Southern Utah is hosting a special short-film double-feature premiere event, and it’s only $2 to attend. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Both short films were written and directed by talented local filmmakers, and both projects couldn’t be any different from one another. In addition to being shot on shoestring budgets, they were crafted by passionate, endlessly creative storytellers with a pure love for film as an art form.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience these crafty endeavors on the big screen before they’re taken on the film festival circuit.

“The Hit”

Shot on location in southern Utah, this tightly wound thriller tells the story of two hit men (played by Ctormy Thomas and Ryan Hughes) who are the very best at what they do. Of course, in this particular line of work, there are secrets aplenty, and ultimately things aren’t always as they seem in “The Hit.”

“‘The Hit’ is a noir film,” Fowlks said. “It presents a story where a wife hires hit men to kill her husband.”

Andrea Kile Peterson, Joel Thomas, Bob Baumann, and Shayne Cullen also star. “The Hit” was directed by award-winning filmmaker Dan Fowlks. The screenplay was written by Fowlks and Thomas. There is no profane language or nudity, but there are adult themes and some violence. The running time is 23 minutes.

“The Nautilus”

Dan Bringhurst’s relentlessly quirky musical puts a colorfully audacious spin on a Jules Verne classic. In “The Nautilus,” three men lost at sea come face to face with an obsessed captain and his merry crew in what could be best described as “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” meets “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “The Nautilus” was written and directed by Dan Bringhurst. Produced by The Space Between, this comedy stars Sheldon Demke, Dan Fowlks, Christian Navarrete, Tysen Bang, Peter Goodge, and Cragun Clayburn. There is no profane language or nudity, but “The Nautilus” does feature sexual innuendo and adult situations. The running time is 24 minutes.

Both short films will be followed by a cast-and-crew Q&A.

During the course of the evening, information regarding the upcoming “Summer Movie Edition of the Guerilla Filmmaking Challenge” will also be unveiled.

Come on out and lend your support to a vibrant local filmmaking community.

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