“It’s horror, action, fantasy, even a bit of slapstick this year,” the Augusta filmmaker said. “We try to stay true to it and pull in films of a slightly skewered nature. It’s definitely oddball.”
Forbes is one of more than a dozen local talents featured in the three-day festival at the Imperial Theatre.
The event starts Friday, Jan. 6, with an hour of short films, followed by the premiere of a raw cut of Confederate Zombie, a film by Stephen Gilliam. The screening features a live soundtrack performed by the band Hellblinki.
A portion of the Civil War-era zombie flick was filmed at the third Poison Peach Film Festival.
The Imperial Theatre, Gilliam said, made a perfect backdrop for shooting a recreation of President Lincoln’s assassination.
“It was great,” Gilliam said. “It was fun to make. We had to be really creative. That’s the great thing about independent film.”
More than 50 people participated as extras. They’ll repeat the feat this year, using the final day of the festival to shoot scenes of the vampire musical Miss Strangelove.
Forbes, who wrote the original screenplay, promises it will include vampires, witches, dancing executioners and a beautiful woman who rises from the dead.
On Saturday, he’ll also premiere Glass Bullets for Broken Hearts, a feature-length Western with Cody McCarver and Billy Joe Royal. The film is a fictionalized retelling of the original story of Billy the Kid.
Friday, Forbes said, is best described as “R-rated,” while Saturday’s films are more “family-friendly and PG-13.”
The festival, he added, includes the work of directors from Charleston, S.C., Tennessee and Florida. But this year’s festival is unique in that it features more finished products from Augusta filmmakers than ever before.
“In Augusta, we have a lot of talent, a good number of resources and great locations,” Forbes said. “We’re here to show people that video of this quality can be done in Augusta.
“It’s a big event. If you want to see what’s going on with film, particularly in Augusta, this is the place to be.”