Hollywood may be a long way from Meadville, but that doesn’t mean the city is bereft of movie-making talent.
Local filmmaker Wes Eastin recently received a second-place award at the International Horror Hotel film festival in Cleveland, Ohio, for his script “Fractured.”
As the name of the festival implies, International Horror Hotel mainly specializes in the more macabre style of movies, though horror is not the only kind of movie featured. Categories include fantasy, horror-comedy, sci-fi and more. “Fractured” was entered in the suspense-thriller category.
For Eastin, the award came as a major surprise. He had submitted “Fractured” to several film festivals, with the International Horror Hotel being just one of them. It wasn’t until several months later that he received a notification that he had placed.
“It was nuts,” Eastin said. “I really wasn’t expecting anyone to pick up the script. When you submit to contests, the best you can hope for a lot of the time is that the reader didn’t hate it.”
This is not the first time “Fractured” has received recognition. Last year, it was a semi-finalist at both the Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards and the ScreenCraft screenplay contest, though its second-place finish this year is the highest-placing honor it has achieved so far.
Eastin described the movie as a mix of the films “The Babadook” and “Insidious.” It is a…