Jacob Roebuck, writer and director of “Camp,” and wife Laura, attend the film’s premiere at the Galaxy 8, Friday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
The lobby at Allen Theaters Galaxy 8 premiered a special red-carpet showing of locally produced “Camp” Friday night.
A few local talents walked the red carpet as movie goers poured in to watch the inspiring faith-based drama. The first 10 minutes and last shots featured scenes filmed entirely in town by a local producer.
“We’re excited to share this with the Roswell crowd,” said writer and director of the movie, Jacob Roebuck of Roswell-based Roebuck Media. “We’re excited. It played in Burbank (Calif.), and we had a couple of sell-out nights. Tonight it’s packed. We’re full.”
Local actor Josh Berry played a key role in the movie. He arrived before the 7 p.m. showing. Berry has also had roles in “Crazy Heart,” “Carriers,” “Sunshine Cleaning” and “Friday Night Lights.”
Like any other Hollywood-style premier, the red carpet had real-time actors and movie producers posing for photos, flashes of light off cameras and jewelry, and ticket holders lining up for the show.
“Here we are at the premiere,” Berry said. “I’m thrilled. This started two years ago.”
Berry reconnected with an old friend who was assisting with production in Roswell just before the movie started filming.
“We reconnected weeks before the movie and I ended up being an actor,” he said. “It was because of the cause and the kids.”
“Camp” was inspired by true stories that highlight a struggle of abused and neglected children and their camp counselors. Roebuck and his wife, Laura, spent time volunteering at such camps as Royal Family Kids camps in the Los Angeles area, he said. The experiences inspired Roebuck to write the script.
The story centers around Ken (Michael Mattera), an investment advisor, who volunteers as a camp counselor to impress a client but ultimately finds his struggle to help a scared, enraged and recently displaced boy, Eli (Miles Elliot), through his childhood changes his life.
Forty percent of the profits from a week of movie showings in Roswell will go to opening a Royal Family Kids camp in Chaves County.
Roebuck, who co-owns Roebuck Media with his wife, partnered with Donovan Fulkerson, who recently returned to Roswell with his family. Fulkerson was assistant producer locally with his company Relicwood Media.
“Once I was told about the story, it was really easy to get sold on it,” Fulkerson said. “It’s not just telling a good story, we’ve got a cause as well.”
“Camp” is Roebuck Media’s second movie. Roebuck said he hopes to continue filming in and around Roswell and Southeast New Mexico.
“We had great support from the people of Roswell,” Roebuck said. “They really helped us get things done. Roswell’s always been supportive of independent films.”
Shannon Batson came out to see “Camp” with her friend.
“I’ve already seen it,” Batson said. “It’s a great showing of people getting out of the box to help show God’s love. We forget about these kids in foster care. We don’t see them all the time.”
“Camp” will play today at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 p.m. at Galaxy 8 Theaters, 4501 N. Main St.
Call 623-1010 for showtimes this week.