The feature film “Stomping Ground” had its local premiere last night in Montgomery County. The movie was filmed over 18 days in 2012, and most of the outdoor scenes were shot in the Uwharrie National Forest.
The premiere played to an audience of more than a hundred at the James Garner Center in Troy.
Actor Jeramy Blackford, makeup artist William Stein, and producer-director Dan Riesser participated in a question-and-answer session following the screening.
Riesser, a Greensboro native now based in Los Angeles, told the audience he has always been a fan of horror films and wanted to make his movie in North Carolina, but wanted to center his story around a relationship, with a horror angle. He said the decision to use Bigfoot as a character developed as he researched the region.
“It wasn’t Bigfoot at first,” said Riesser. “I was doing my research on what would work well here, what kind of monster. That’s how the Uwharries came about, (from) doing my research and discovering the kind of history we have here with Bigfoot sightings and stuff over the years.”
In response to an inquiry about the promotion of Montgomery County as a movie location, Riesser told audience members that North Carolina lawmakers are currently considering cuts to film production incentives.
Riesser said, “The (current) film incentives are really good. All the shows that shoot here — Banshee, Homeland, and all those shows -— wouldn’t shoot here if we lost those incentives. I don’t know exactly when the vote happens on that, but I know if you want stuff to come here, you should talk to your local politicians and see how we can push that through.”
Riesser said he thinks a full theatrical release for “Stomping Ground” is a long shot, but the movie should become available eventually through Netflix, iTunes and other streaming services.