OU students to star in independent film
Three OU students will be starring in a new independent film being shot here in Oklahoma.
Josh Bonzie, Lindsay Sawyer and Kyle Whalen, all students in OU’s School of Drama, have leading roles in the film “Posthuman,” directed by Kyle Roberts and written by Matthew Price.
The film tells the story of five teenagers who acquire superpowers while on a rock climbing trip. But it is more than just a simple superhero flick — the film also is reminiscent of John Hughes-style '80s teen movies.
“Think ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ or ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets 'X-Men,'” Bonzie said.
Bonzie, Sawyer and Whalen auditioned, and each landed a role as one of the superhuman teens.
“We’re excited to be representing this awesome department, as well as our school,” Bonzie said.
The film will begin shooting in the Oklahoma City metro area and at Quartz Mountain in October. Instead of screening the movie at independent film festivals, "Posthuman" will be publicly released online in eight- to 12-minute installments in the spring to coincide with high school graduations and keep with the teen movie theme.
A trailer for the film can be seen on both the film’s fundraising website and its Facebook page. On Saturday, which is International Superhero Day, a new fundraising campaign for the film will be launched. All money raised will be used to fund special effects, actor fees and the soundtrack.
The film also will have a prequel comic book drawn by Marvel Comics artist Javier Saltares. The cover sketch art also can be found on the website and Facebook page.
Those who donate will receive incentives depending on the amount given that range from a digital download of the prequel comic book to a credit as an executive producer.