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Local Film – “The Boonies”

The Pandemic has made people a little less productive, except for one group of guys in our area who made a Movie. We spoke with the Crew on Saturday to learn about how they did it and how you can watch.

A Crew of people from the Johnstown and Ebensburg area wrote, shot, and produced their very own Movie and it’s coming to the Westwood Plaza Theatre this week. This new horror film called “The Boonies” was produced by people from the boonies. Dave McMillan & Brian Balog, Producers of “The Boonies” saying: “We all are familiar with woods, or ‘the boonies.’ That’s part of our childhood.”

Life-long friends Dave McMillan and Brian Balog are Westmont Hilltop grads turned Independent Filmmakers. They put out an ad looking for a crew and found filmmaking friends Matt Schultz and Lance Parkin from Ebensburg. Each scene was filmed at locations throughout Cambria and Somerset Counties.

The low-budget film was played at a drive-in in West Hollywood last month, setting the stage for future Filmmakers to stay local. The Movie will be available Nationwide April 13 on cable and digital platforms, or you can come see it in person at the Westwood Plaza Theatre on April 15th.

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