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Local film debuts

'Bloodline' premier gets sold-out crowd at Three Stages
By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Folsom was the premier location for the new Matt Thompson movie, “Bloodline,” which opened to a sold-out crowd of 850 people on June 24 at Three Stages. “At the end of the day, the premiere for me was amazing,” said Thompson, 27, of Shingle Springs. “The most important thing for me was the reaction, and people around the board said it was thumbs up.” The movie was filmed on location in El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties. “This is attributing how big we can make film in Sacramento,” Thompson said. Thompson wrote, directed and starred in the movie. He also shares producer credits with his partner Michael Reinero. The thriller movie follows seminary student Brett Ethos, played by Thompson, who falls away from the church and his faith only to find out that his bloodline is sought after by a real evil. On a trip with friends and an old flame, he explores a cabin left to him by the will of his family. There, he discovers his true heritage and his friends’ lives and his own hang in the balance. Thompson grew up in Roseville and said he first found his parents’ camcorder when he was 6 years old. At the age of 16, he began acting with his youth group’s improv program. From there, he said acting and film became his focus. He even moved to Hollywood to learn the ins-and-outs of the business. He has been involved with other productions including films, music videos and commercials. Previously, he directed a full-length feature starring Cybil Shepard, called “Listen to your Heart.” When he was 25, he returned to his home in Shingle Springs to work on local projects, including “Bloodline.” Cynthia, Thompson’s mother, said the past 20 months of filming have been exciting to watch. She worked as craft services during the production. “He had always been very creative with the video camera at home,” she said. “Ever since a young age, he has always been behind a camera. I’m in awe all the time watching him.” She said the production was a lot of work, but well worth it. “Tonight (at the premier) I could take a deep breath of fresh air,” she said. “Now everyone has seen what an amazing project this is. This night is just exciting and to be here. It’s full circle.” Tim, Thompson’s father, said the production was fun to be a part of. “Half the crew was sleeping at our house with sleeping bags and air mattresses before they got their hotel,” Tim said with a laugh. “Matt comes home and brings a whole movie crew — it was a blast.” Torrey Loomis, president and CEO of Silverado in Folsom, is the executive producer of the film. “When Matt came to me with this idea, I thought, ‘Wow what a good idea,’ but then we did it all locally,” said Loomis. “There are people who are talented in one area; Matt is talented in multiple areas.” Loomis said 98 percent of the production was completed locally. “Silverado takes interest in quality work, this is quality work,” Loomis said. “We want to work with someone who knows quality control and has experience.” The two have worked on three projects together, and plan to work on more in the near future. Thompson said the next step for the film is to take it to L.A. to look for distributors. “We are trying to find a home for it to take it to theaters,” Thompson said. “A movie of this quality should be pretty desirable.” Thompson is working on a bringing more “quality” productions to the Northern California region. “The experience, quality and tools are here, and we will continue to produce locally. We just need more budget,” Thompson said. “So if people want to see quality work here locally, we want to have more interested investors rally behind us.” More information and a trailer of the movie are available at bloodline-movie.com.