Vicky O. Misa
shawnee news star
There’s a brand new crime fiction movie set to release on streaming platforms around the world in just a few weeks, but there’s something very familiar to local residents.
In most cases, noticing a certain consistency throughout the film will be harder than putting socks on the rooster.
Yes, as serious as the .45’s demise is that Shawnee is out there somewhere.
While the story is set in a small Texas town with no buses, the reality is that visions of Shawnee Milling, Aldridge, Pottawatomie County Courthouse, and many more are projected all over the big screen. The upcoming movie “Neon Cactus”.
“How did the filmmakers discover a movie-worthy place in Shawnee in the first place?
It’s not hard to imagine once you understand that the show’s creators grew up here.
Most of the cast are from Texas, but some have deep Shawnee roots. For example, Neon Cactus writer, producer/director and actor Chris Zudi. Chris Zudy’s parents are Omar and Sherry Zudy, who both taught at Shawnee High School for many years.
A free special screening of the film was shown Wednesday night at Cinema Center 8, thanks to cinema owner Ronnie Jones. A question-and-answer session with Zudi and most of the cast took place shortly after the viewing.
Neon Cactus is the fourth film produced by Chris Zuhdi. His other films are Mexican Moon (2021), Good Night, Charlene (2017) and Mariola (2014).
According to IMDb, Neon Cactus’ story is as follows: Both approach Faust’s character, Johnny Rocket, owner of the Neon Cactus Bar, and murder the other. Murder, romance, and unexpected comedy unfold in this fresh crime of his fiction. “
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Zudy said his right-hand man during filming was Jesse Monday, his one-man sound/lighting/camera crew.
Zudi plays local homicide cop Ben.
For the troubled character Stanley Cooper, Zudi recruited the talents of film and television stalwart Paul T. Taylor. other titles.
Cooper’s wife, Maureen, is played by Ada Hagen, who has many roles under her belt, including Mansion of Mystery (2015), Elizabeth Bathory (2014) and Crimson: The Motion Picture (2011). Plays.
Johnny Rocket has worked on TV and film projects such as Graves, Woman Walks Ahead, The Kid, Dreamland, Midnight Texas, Better Call Saul, Get Shorty, Waco and Manny Green. Drawn by the field.
Ben’s homicide detective partner Jack Slate is played by Hugo Christian, who also starred in another of Zudy’s films, Goodnight Charlene.
Other cast members include Alexis King, Courtney Herbst, Hugo Christian, Magen Grace, Justina England, Michelle McAllister, and local movie extras.
Neon Cactus will be available on streaming platforms on February 14th.