Jeffrey Gabbard, an Exeter, New Hampshire native is starring in his first feature length film, Witch Way, which will hit Flagship Theaters along the East Coast this fall. Gabbard has been steadily modeling and acting in short films and says he’s been a natural actor since a young age. He’s also set to appear in the FX pilot of “STD” (Sexual Transgressive Disorder) later this year alongside Scott Herman from MTV’s “The Real World: Brooklyn”.
Gabbard’s break-out role was in the short film The Bride, which was shot in Wolfboro, NH. He said he was cast on the spot and was his “make-it or break-it moment” in his acting career.
“I can’t see myself doing anything else,” he said. “It’s always been a natural thing for me.”
The movie follows an eclectic group of college students who are filming a documentary about the cursed Clifton Estate. Gabbard plays Kevin, the awkward guy of the bunch. “A lot of people compare it to The Blair Witch Project but its more of a cross between that and Paranormal Activity,” said Gabbard. Expect some shakey-cam effects to amp up the chill factor and the squeamish beware: There will be blood.
The suspenseful psychological thriller will premiere June 13th in Concord, NH. To get the most natural reactions from the actors, the director withheld secrets about the plot that would come out while filming the scenes. This different technique gave the movie raw and natural emotion from the actors. “It was a lot of improv, the reactions you see are our real reactions,” said Gabbard. That, plus the natural chemistry on set made shooting a great experience for him, he said.
Filming began last September and wrapped in mid-November to avoid the snowy New England weather. Most of the scenes were shot on location at a New Hampshire estate, with some filming at the New England College campus and in Massachusetts.
Witch Way is the first movie of a potential trilogy. If and when the second movie is released it will be on a more mainstream scale and people who haven’t seen the first movie will still be able to follow along.
Don’t miss Jeffrey and the rest of the cast arrive in style at the official red carpet premiere this Sunday, June 13th at 2pm at the Red River Theatre in Concord, MA. Watch the trailer here:
A slew of Massachusetts-filmed movies began hitting theaters in February and continue to roll out this summer. Furry Vengeance hit theaters last Friday coming in at number five in the box office. The kid flick chronicles a standoff between titan real estate developer Brendan Frasier and some cute and not-so-cuddly woodland critters fighting to keep their habitats preserved. Furry Vengeance also stars Brooke Shields. The Lightkeepers, starring Richard Dreyfuss, opened in March. Set in early 20th century Cape Cod, Dreyfuss plays a reclusive lighthouse keeper who has sworn off women.
Summer blockbusters Grown Ups and Knight and Day are both due out June 25th, but that’s not the only thing they have in common. Both were filmed in Massachusetts, but that’s about where the similarities end. Grown Ups features a star-studded cast headed by Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, and Tim Meadows (whew!). The group reunites as adults after their high school basketball coach dies and inevitably hilarity ensues. Knight and Day pairs up Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on an action-adventure with a tinge of comedy. The two play a globetrotting fugitive couple on the run who realize nothing is what it appears to be, even each other.
The Social Network (Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake) and the The Town (Ben Affleck and Blake Lively) are due out this fall. Every college kid will identify with The Social Network with its history and evolution of ex-Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook (which has its roots in Cambridge). In The Town, Ben Affleck is a bank robber who’s feelings for a bank manager get in the way of his next heist.
Set to come out in 2010 with no official release dates are The Company Men and The Fighter. Ben Affleck is having a busy year, also starring in The Company Men along side Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones which premiered earlier this year. The Fighter (Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and Amy Adams) takes a look at boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward’s early career in the 1980s. Local actress Erica McDermott also makes an appearance.
It seems like no matter where you look this year, there’s a good chance you’ll see Massachusetts in many shots on the big screen!
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