Maryville actor David Dwyer has a pretty simple formula for figuring out if a movie premiere went well.
“A sold out crowd said it all,” he said of “Boys of Summerville,” the film made in East Tennessee last June that debuted April 17 at the Regal Downtown West movie theater.
“It was so well received,” he said. “There was a standing ovation.”
Dwyer said the movie was a tremendous accomplishment, not just for filmmaker Brooks Benjamin of Harriman but also for the others involved and for the communities that supported it.
Dwyer said he was impressed with the final product. “It’s amazing what editing can do when you don’t have much of a budget,” Dwyer said. “Good editing really pays off because he cut 45 minutes out of it, and it was a nice tight, funny story about people you like.”
The Maryville actor said working with a slim budget didn’t stop Benjamin and his cast and crew from pulling off a good film. “That was what was so cool. Everybody there just thought it was a fine example of good, independent film making; making do with what you’ve got and making it look the best it can,” Dwyer said.
Dwyer said Benjamin showed off the area and local talent very well. “He made it work. A good eye and a good story equaled fun and, hopefully, good distribution,” Dwyer said.
Dwyer said that the movie now will go to festivals. They hope it will be picked up for wider distribution.
Dwyer praised Regal Theaters for getting behind the film and opening the Downtown West theater for the premier. “Regal was great. To let us have that theater at prime time viewing and allow the whole red carpet treatment, they were really super. They really support independent film making.”