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  • LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Filming completed on Hodgeman County horror movie

  • Hollywood has left the building.

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  • Hollywood has left the building.
    The film crew that arrived in Hodgeman County the last week of May wrapped shooting Tuesday and will be heading back to California.
    The movie, "Rabid Love," finished shooting ahead of schedule and now goes into post production.
    "We'll have several months of editing, working on sound and music," filmmaker Paul Porter said in a phone interview Wednesday.
    The production company, Rouge Taurus, plans to have the film finished in time to take it to the American Film Market in Santa Monica in November. The eight-day annual event is an opportunity for those involved in the movie industry to network. Movies are bought, sold and financed at the market.
    Porter also hopes to take his finished film on the film festival circuit, hoping to find a distributor who will market the film and get it out to the public.
    The movie is a classic horror movie set in 1984.
    The production ended up in Hodgeman County because Porter, who grew up in Iola, made regular trips to Hanston as a child to visit his grandmother.
    After checking out the area on Google Street View, Porter came out in March to scout locations.
    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.
    Porter and a crew of up to 20 gathered here from many locations: California, Kansas, Iowa, Florida and Mexico. A team of interns from the Colorado Film School also joined the project.
    "The weather cooperated and we had great support from the local community," Porter said.
    Funding for the project came from private investors and a campaign on the Web. Locals helped by providing period clothing and props, even a few period vehicles.
    "We're planning a screening at the B & B Theatres in Dodge City when the movie's done," Porter said.
    For more information about Rouge Taurus and "Rabid Love," visit www.rougetaurus.com.
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