Movie draws LA crowd

Oct 28th, 2011 | By | Category: News

Kristy Swanson, star of the movie Swamp Shark—which premiered at the Chalmette Movies on October 18, stands with theater business partner Ellis Fortinberry. Fortinberry had Swanson sign a basketball, similar to the one used in her starring role in the 1986 movie, Deadly Friend. Photo by William Dilella

The producers, cast and crew of the film Swamp Shark, filmed in Louisiana, gathered in Chalmette to view the big screen debut of the movie, including one of the stars of the film, Kristy Swanson.

The movie, which originally was produced for the ScyFy Channel, was submitted into the week-long New Orleans Film Festival. The screening for Swamp Shark took place on October 18, with star Kristy Swanson—of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Chase fame—taking part in the festivities at Chalmette Movies and watching along with Chalmette Movies’ patrons.

Swamp Shark is the story of—you guessed it—a shark that is accidentally released into a Louisiana swamp, with tragic results for the unsuspecting residents as they prepare for their annual “Gator-Fest.” And as farfetched as the plot may sound, some two weeks after filming Swamp Shark, two bull sharks were actually discovered in the waters where the cast and crew had been.

“After weeks of assuring the crew the water was safe, we heard there were actually sharks,” director Griff Furst, who is a part of the group Active Entertainment that produces films regularly in the area.

Louisiana-based Active Entertainment produced Swamp Shark almost entirely in-house and in-state. The group had brought Swanson out from LA to view the movie and for the Q and A following.

Swanson, who plays the film’s heroine of Rachel Bouchard, has been acting since the age of 9. She shot her first piece of film, for a commercial, out in Houma. In the time between her first visit and returning to Louisiana to film Swamp Shark, Swanson has starred in various roles on the big screen and on television. She also became a mother.

“I’ve been lucky,” Swanson said. “I’ve only ever had two jobs, acting and being a mom.”

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