A short film shot in St. Francisville and Baton Rouge will be part of a Sunday screening in Baton Rouge.
Described as part American Western drama and part complex family saga, the short film “Madeline’s Oil” delves into love, racism, death, hate and dysfunction.
The 15-minute short was shot on location in Baton Rouge and St. Francisville and features local talent, according to a news release.
The film stars Jency Griffin Hogan, a Baton Rouge native, who recently played opposite Golden Globe winner Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” and Richard Zeringue, of Donaldsonville, known for supporting roles in “Colombiana,” “Memphis Beach” and “The East,” the release stated.
Actor Reggie Varice, who appeared in “NOLA Circus” and “D-Train,” and Maddie Nichols, Meg Jones and Judah LeJeune round out the cast.
Jones and LeJeune are making their big-screen debut.
According to the release, the short film follows a turning point in the lives of an 1800s Louisiana family, when Loti (Hogan), the heroine of the story, does whatever it takes to help her daughter Madeline.
Hogan says the film has “realistic dialogue and lovable characters.”
“This movie is of particular interest to those who wish to support local artists and filmmakers,” Hogan said.
“Madeline’s Oil” was written by Kay Landon, directed by Caleb Michaelson and produced by Eric and Carrie Obelander, Joe and Annie Spell, Doug Payne, and Robbie and Ashley Morris.
The musical score is by Magnolia Strings and the director of photography is Valentina Caniglia.
The filmmakers say they are grateful to the generosity of Kim and Mike Wampold and the Treppendahl family for allowing the crew to shoot on their properties, Woodlawn and Valhalla, respectively.
The cast and crew are from the Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Donaldsonville areas, said Hogan, who has her own acting studio in Baton Rouge, Love Acting.
“We all worked really hard to get this film made locally,” the actress said.
“Madeline’s Oil” screens at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts and is part of the Prospect.3 Baton Rouge Local Filmmaker Showcase.
A total of six films are included. Tickets are $5.
(Editor’s Note: Copy changed Nov. 12, 2014, to reflect that actress Maddie Nichols does not have a supporting role in the movie, “God’s Not Dead”.)