Call it the “Requiems” premiere part two, when audiences will be able to see how the Hedges Pictures psychological thriller series wraps up in one fell swoop Friday in Theatre Baton Rouge’s Studio Theatre.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Those who don’t attend this screening of the final three episodes will have to wait for their weekly run on YouTube.
“Requiems” is the indie film company’s first production of a series. The story follows Dani, a pink-haired artist played by Devin Williams. Dani is a patient in an asylum who can see into people’s pasts through a simple touch.
“So, she’s socially awkward, because she avoids physical contact,” Devin Williams says. “She is a very introverted individual, and she has a hard time, because of the pain physical connections cause her or others.”
But at the same time, Dani isn’t beaten by this disadvantage.
“She doesn’t feel depressed,” Devin Williams says. “She’s still a strong individual, and she would never succumb to the things that happen to her.”
Williams is a junior from Slidell majoring in theater at LSU. She learned about the series through a friend, then contacted Hedges founder and producer, Travis Hedges Williams.
“Travis had an idea about how he wanted Dani to be, and we’d discuss any questions I had about her before filming each episode,” Devin Williams says. “It’s been a fun experience.”
Hedges Pictures filmed the six-part series during the summer in Baton Rouge, as well as other Louisiana locations. The first three episodes debuted on Oct. 17 at Theatre Baton Rouge. Individual episodes have been cast on YouTube the Fridays that followed.
“We’ve been fortunate, and we’re pleased with the response we’ve received,” Travis Williams says. “Some people who attended the premiere of the first three series have watched the individual episodes on YouTube. And not everyone could make the premiere — some live in other parts of the country, and they’ve caught each individual premiere on YouTube.”
Friday’s screening will include trailers teasing Hedges’ Pictures’ next film project, along with trailers for projects by local indie filmmakers Rachel Perlis and Jess Seidule.
“We’re happy that we’re able to help promote other local filmmakers at our event,” Travis Williams says. “As for our film, it will be released during our 15th anniversary. I can’t say too much about it, but it will be something quirky that harkens back to our roots.”
Back to “Requiems,” viewers and area theatergoers will see familiar faces within the cast, including Kenneth Mayfield, Jenny Ballard, Rachel Theriot, Mike Katchmer, Yvette Bourgeois and Bill Martin. Jess Siedule was the director of photography, J. Lamm composed original musical scores and Crystal Brown was the costumer.
All proceeds from the $5 ticket price will benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, the Big Buddy Program and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
“People who are watching the series keep asking me what’s going to happen,” Devin Williams says. “I tell them they’ll have to watch the rest of the series to find out, but when everything wraps up in the end, they’ll want to go back to the beginning and watch it again to see how everything connects.”