Soon it will be "Lights, Camera, Action" for the small town of Hanston in Hodgeman County.

An independent film crew will be in the area filming "Rabid Love," a classic horror movie set in 1984.

Why Hanston?

Filmmaker Paul Porter grew up in Iola and has fond memories if visiting his grandmother in Hanston.

"I was thinking about the film, and we'd made tentative plans to film in New Mexico," Porter said in a phone interview last week. "But I kept thinking about my grandma's house in Hanston and wondering if we could shoot the whole film around there. So I got on Google Street View and looked around various locations — and it looked like it would work."

In another coincidental connection, Porter's cousin, Lance Ziesch, a graphic artist at High Plains Publishing in Dodge City, read a story in the Jetmore Republican about the film coming to Hodgeman County.


     Soon it will be "Lights, Camera, Action" for the small town of Hanston in Hodgeman County.
An independent film crew will be in the area filming "Rabid Love," a classic horror movie set in 1984.
Why Hanston?
Filmmaker Paul Porter grew up in Iola and has fond memories if visiting his grandmother in Hanston.
"I was thinking about the film, and we'd made tentative plans to film in New Mexico," Porter said in a phone interview last week. "But I kept thinking about my grandma's house in Hanston and wondering if we could shoot the whole film around there. So I got on Google Street View and looked around various locations — and it looked like it would work."
In another coincidental connection, Porter's cousin, Lance Ziesch, a graphic artist at High Plains Publishing in Dodge City, read a story in the Jetmore Republican about the film coming to Hodgeman County.
"I called Paul a couple of weeks ago and offered to help any way I could," Ziesch said in a phone interview last week.
Ziesch became the man on the ground in Hanston. As part of his responsibilities, he started collecting props from 1984: clothing, grocery items, even automobiles.
"I really want to make it hard for those people who sit around picking apart movies, looking for things they didn't have in 1984. "They're going to have their work cut out for them on this one."
Porter and his cast and crew, a group of about 15 people, will arrive in the area around May 23.
"We purchased an old 34-foot motor home — did you see Chevy Chase in 'Christmas Vacation'? And we own most of the gear we'll need." Porter said.

Indie scene comes to Hanston
Porter's production company, Rouge Taurus Productions, has been producing short indie films for several years. Porter is finishing up a master of fine arts degree in producing for film and TV at the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy.
"The curriculum calls for shooting a full-length film after graduating, but I'm impatient," Porter said.
Filming is scheduled to take four weeks, shooting six days a week.
There are a lot of people in Hodgeman County who are helping out with free lodging, free food and free locations," Porter said.
The production company is working with the Hodgeman County Economic Development office.
Once the film is shot and post-production is done, the company will begin taking it to festivals and shopping it to sales agents and distributors.
"The film will definitely have a limited theatrical release," Porter said. "And it will eventually be available on DVD at places like Netflix and iTunes."

Interested?
There are at least two ways you can get involved with the movie project: in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
The company will be holding auditions for smaller parts and background characters. More information will be available at a later date.
And, like all indie films, the project needs money. Producers are raising cash from lots of small donors and, hopefully, a few large ones.
"We have a way online that people can donate pretty much any amount, even as low as a penny," Porter said. "We're also working on a way to attract larger donations by putting the donor in the movie, even if it's only as an extra."
The funding goal for the project is $50,000.
And you can always help by going through your closets.
"One of our sets will be a small country store circa 1984, and I will need lots and lots of original items to stock the shelves. So, anyone in the area who has access to miscellaneous 1980s products — from any sort of food container to cleaning products — please let me know," Ziesch said.
If you find a 1984 treasure, you can contact Ziesch at (620) 623-2320.
If you'd like to meet the cast and crew, you can visit their booth at the Steve King Day celebrations in Jetmore over Memorial Day weekend.
To donate online, visit www.indiegogo.com/RabidLoveMovie. You'll see a list of increasingly inviting perks with various donation levels.
For more information about Rouge Taurus and "Rabid Love," visit www.rougetaurus.com.


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