Preview screening of local independent film “A. Phoenix” at Thalian Hall


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Today, the world premiere screening of local feature film “A. Phoenix” was held at Thalian Hall.

Local screenwriter Don Fried, independent filmmaker Branham Dyer, as well as Cape Fear Film & Video presented the first screening.

The film follows a young journalist, obsessed with learning the true story of singer / songwriter Alan Phoenix, 40 years after his mysterious death.

The film is inspired by the life, death and rise to fame following the death of legendary 1970s British singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

Fried and Dyer both said they were grateful for the community’s support in their film.

“We had a hurricane, we had a pandemic, we had technical problems. So there were a lot of times we weren’t sure this was going to happen. So now to see a bunch of people here and smiling faces, and people looking forward to it, it’s pretty exciting, ”Fried said.

“As an independent filmmaker, we don’t have the funding that some productions in town have, like Amazon and Netflix, and we pretty much decided that we were going to fall apart and we were going to do it, and that’s been a lot of fun, ”Dyer said.

The entire film was produced in the Wilmington area and has a cast featuring popular local actors.

The cast includes Fracaswell Hyman, Zach Hanner, Patt Noday, Amy Todd, Heather Setzler, Christian Dionne, Irene Slater, Katie Villecco, Tracy McMullen, Eddie Waters and Grant Hedrick. newcomer Toochukwu (TC) Anyachokeya will play the leading role of famous Robert Johnson, the “king of the delta blues”.


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