Artcraft Theater's Shorts In January 

Greenwoods Joe Leavell, directing In the Deathroom, based on the short story by Stephen King.
  • Greenwood's Joe Leavell, directing "In the Deathroom," based on the short story by Stephen King.

Franklin’s Artcraft Theater, one of Indiana’s oldest picture-show gems, will soon be spinning its reels in the name of local film. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the historic theater will host Shorts In January, a back-to-back screening of four films from three Indiana-based filmmakers, presented by 3Wizemen Productions.

When asked about the status quo of local indie films in general, Corey Miller, the director of Shorts In January and an affiliate of 3Wizemen Productions says, “I feel very hopeful about it. I think we have a community of people who are very supportive of our local events, musicians, and artists.

“The beauty of this collaboration in filmmaking is that it draws together not only the communities of the Franklin area, but the communities and supporters of the filmmakers, and cast and crew of each of the films involved.”

Left For Dead, written and directed by Franklin, Indiana native Josh Etter, is the story of three college friends who are traveling cross country while being stalked by a psychopath due to a case of mistaken identity. Produced and filmed in Franklin and Bean Blossom areas, Left For Dead stars Kevin Grow, Matthew Allen, Annie Lamoureux, Brad Ebach and George Duffey. The film features original music from professional composer and educator Virgil Franklin, and two local Indianapolis bands, New Addiction and Eyes on Fire.

The Date, directed by Indianapolis local Matthew Beikes, stars Rhonda Tinch-Mize and Raymond Kester. A woman in the latest string of very bad dates suddenly finds herself re-examining what she thought she knew about relationships.

Das Spiel, also directed by Matthew Beikes, stars Don Becker and Rick Bittle. Two men are on a dangerous chase through busy downtown streets.

In The Deathroom, directed by Greenwood native Joe Leavell, stars Chris Spurgin as an American reporter who realizes, after being captured by a South American government, that his captors do not let him plan to leave. Based on the short story by Stephen King.

The doors to Shorts In January will open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00 pm. $5 covers your admission to the whole shebang. For more information, visit

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