Locally produced zombie western film to invade the Madison Theater July 25

For immediate release…
Wednesday – July 3, 2013

- Revelation Trail, an independent film with local roots, will host its first area screening at the Madison Theater (730 Madison Ave.) in Covington July 25 at 8 p.m. The screening, sponsored by the Old West Fest and the Dent Schoolhouse, is a limited one-night engagement and seating is limited.

In late 19th century America, a frontier holy man’s life is destroyed as a gruesome power consumes the land. Standing between ruin and salvation, the man known only as Preacher (Daniel Van Thomas) must find his purpose in the fight against the mysterious undead. Joined by the town marshal (Daniel Britt) – a man with his own set of demons – Preacher encounters the risen dead, a ravaged landscape and the evils of the living on a journey to nowhere.

Along the way, they discover which lines they’re willing to cross in the name of survival and witness the depths people can reach – for good and ill alike – through the power of belief. The film’s trailer is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC7Cg3j5cm8.

Armed with what can only be described as tiny budget – even by Hollywood “micro-budget” standards, director and co-writer John Gibson relied on a host of talented and passionate actors, makeup artists and film crew from around the region to bring his Western horror story to life. Many of the film crew were NKU and Murray State University alumni. Gibson earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in mass communications from Murray State.

A pure indie passion project for the Northern Kentucky University electronic media and broadcasting lecturer, Revelation Trail has already generated a cult following numbering in the thousands. Many of them contributed to the project via the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, which accounted for about a third of the film’s production budget. Locals from Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois also loaned weapons, locations, food and horses, with everyone from re-enactors to school teachers chipping in.

The film’s wardrobe team crafted more than 200 period-accurate costume pieces primarily from thrift-store deals and online bargains, with most costumes averaging around $4. A team of volunteers even built a period-accurate military fort in just 17 days, mostly from discarded barn wood.

The film premiered in April in western Kentucky to five sold-out screenings, and the July 25 show is expected to sell out also. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased in advance at http://www.madisontheateronline.com.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening begins at 8 p.m. The event will also feature a question/answer session with the filmmakers.

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