October 18, 2006
Blindeye movie debuts in Sarnia
By KYLE MACKINNON - Courier Press
Lights, camera and a lot of action.
Downtown Sarnia was a buzz last Friday as the much-anticipated world premiere of Blindeye hit the big screen at the Imperial Theatre.
"It was a great turn out," director of the movie Mark McNabb said of the sold-out crowd. "The feed back was incredible."
The locally-shot, casted and financed 93-minute movie was a hit, as the crowd sat on the edge of their seats in the anticipation of the next thrilling moment.
The movie -- featuring wrestling star Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nick Mancuso, Levi Oliver, Tara Goudreau and Joel Hookey -- was filmed over a 16-day span in Wallaceburg, Sarnia and Petrolia.
McNabb remembered filming the movie on what he said where the coldest days ever. He even joked the sequel will be filmed in the Caribbean.
The movie has a pretty basic plot line.
Renegade cop gets partner killed, becomes an alcoholic, daughter gets kidnapped, he returns home to find her and all of the friends he thought he had weren't his friends in the end.
What sets this movie apart from others like it is the localization. If you have been to any of the towns where it was filmed, you know exactly where they set up the cameras.
The local feel and the Hollywood names is a real feather in McNabb's hat.
"With the big names in the movie it brought my level as an actor up," Oliver said. "There was a comfort level shooting here near home. We could have gone to L.A. and shot there but doing it here was just great."
Oliver , who played the lead role, is now off to film a Discovery Channel movie.
Rowdy Roddy Piper's influence on the community over last week was incredible. Known as one of the meanest characters in WWE history the quiet, mild-mannered man was genuinely humbling to talk to. He never wanted to talk about himself; he wanted to talk about the community and the actors who played beside him. It was really refreshing to see a star who was very down to earth.
After the screening the floor was opened up to the audience to ask questions of the actors. Every question that was asked of Piper he somehow turned into an answer about the community and how proud we should be of it.