MOUNT VERNON — Local talent abounds, from directing to acting to cinematography, in “Nietzsche Ate Here,” a 30-minute “short movie” which completed shooting in Mount Vernon in early June.
“It’s a great story. It was very well acted and produced, and the team was awesome,” said director Matt Starr after filming the numerous excerpts of Nietzsche, a Kokosing River LLC production.
A senior partner for I-CONN Video Production, Starr is an accomplished actor and a recipient of 10 Telly Awards for his numerous film productions and has also reaped awards for tourism marketing in Ohio.
Bruce Jacklin of Mount Vernon and Gail Griffith of Hilliard are cast as the main characters in “Nietzsche,” which tells the story of how a hardened waitress and a sophisticated D.C. lawyer share a common vulnerability. Both meet up at a diner, and their lives are changed over the course of a cup of coffee.
Jacklin has directed and acted in over 80 productions over a 20-year period, receiving awards in regional and state festivals from the Ohio Community Theater Association and various other theater groups. He is currently the artistic director for MTVarts and Alcove Dinner Theater productions.
First assistant director is Centerburg native Fillip Hord who attended the New York Film Academy and now works as a freelance film editor. He has directed various music films and short films including the award-winning short film, “Reset.”
Director of photography is Zanesville resident Dan Parsons, an alumnus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University who began a cinematography career in Austin, Texas. He relocated to Los Angeles, earning a master’s degree in film production from Chapman University. He has since worked in the film industry and has more than 100 shooting credits on features, commercials, television pilots, music videos and short films.
Returning to Ohio and working locally, “Has been a dream come true for me,” said Parsons. “When I lived in Los Angeles, it was rare that I worked there. The pace of life was faster than I wanted to be living in. Being back in Zanesville and raising a family is exciting.”
He is currently working on a feature-length documentary of which Starr may be the producer.