Eagle’s Connor Williams will show "Spoilers: The Movie" as a work-in-progress fundraiser to help him complete final technical aspects of his film and travel to festivals that want to screen it.
You can see it at noon Feb. 28 at Northgate Reel, 6950 W. State St., Boise.
“Spoilers” will make its world premiere at the RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo in Austin, Texas, on March 13. Self-Medicated essentially is to the SXSW Film Festival what Slamdance is to Sundance. It also will show at the Victoria Texas Indie Film Fest later in the month. “Spoilers” won an award and Williams will attend the festival as VTIFF’s guest.
Williams filmed “Spoilers” in Eagle over two weeks in early August. This "Breakfast Club" update written by Bill Person (who recently changed his professional name to William C. Jackson) finds five teenagers from different backgrounds - a skinhead (played by Williams), a rich kid, a wild girl, a Muslim girl and a bully - spending a Saturday of summer vacation doing court-appointed community service at their high school. They experience conflict, camaraderie and collective soul searching as they connect with each other and learn to take responsibility for their actions.
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It stars Williams, who directed, five young actors from across the country and veteran character actor Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie’s”).
Williams, a senior at Eagle High School, started acting in films when he was 11 and has several projects in the works.
He became frustrated at how difficult it is for him to get cast as a teenager. Film companies prefer to hire 18-year-olds because as adults they can work longer hours and don't require special arrangements on set.
"So I thought, 'I'll just make my own film, '" he says. So, far it’s worked out. A director who saw his film cast Williams in a coming-of-age feature.