Local Director Goes To Hell And Back For Film Production

Wednesday August 7th, 2013

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Although Halloween isn’t here yet, a familiar director is scaring up a movie production in Windsor.

Fresh from touring his recent short, To Hell, With Love, Gavin Michael Booth is coming home to direct a feature film. Executive-produced by D Films, The Scarehouse is in pre-production and will begin principle photography in Windsor on August 20. Not only will Booth sit behind the director’s chair, he also co-wrote the movie with his wife and actress, Sarah.

As one can probably guess by the title, the film fits neatly into the horror-genre.

“When Corey and Elaina open a Halloween fun house on Devil’s Night, it’s all fun and games until their former sorority sisters begin to arrive,” reads a synopsis of the movie from D Films’ press release. “Quickly these six sisters are confronted by their past within the corridors of The Scarehouse as the night spins out of control.”

Those familiar with Booth’s music video career know this isn’t a stretch for him. His clip for Shadow Of A Ghost by Toronto-artist Emma-Lee was shot in Windsor and featured her band trying to escape a crowd of brain-eating zombies. To Hell, With Love also ventured the genre and gained much buzz along the way: The short was recently selected to be screened at Montreal’s ComicCon, Fantasia International FilmFestival and has already played at the Reelworld Film Festival. This list has expanded to include Mascara & Popcorn, , ACTRA and more Film Festivals.

Produced by Booth, his wife Sarah and Kelly Chmilar, the story stars Shawn Baichoo and Sarah. The former is out to prove that an afterlife exists but it comes at the expense of a feisty prostitute’s fight for survival. Its great critical reaction led to The Scarehouse being fast-tracked into production.

In Canada, the film will be distributed by D Films while Universal will handle those duties in the U.S. — both in the first quarter of 2014. D Films will also handle international sales of the movie.

After being involved with so many different projects, Booth remains excited by this new opportunity.

“I am ecstatic to be working with D Films and Universal in bringing my vision for The Scarehouse to the big screen,” said Booth in the D Films press release. “Having their support in my creative corner is a filmmaker’s dream come true.”

Maintaining his close ties to Windsor, the film-maker has enlisted some local talent to help with the production. Shawn Lippert (whose wedding became a viral sensation thanks to Booth) has been hired to provide design expertise in all things from horror to set building. This is also just the start, as the director is looking for local talent to join his filming crew: Booth is asking those who are interested in doing make-up, hair and other tasks to contact him at [email protected].

Other producers of The Scarehouse include Mike Carriere, Rhys Trenhaile and Jeremy Shell. The production is also being supported by Telefilm Canada

For more information on Booth and his movie, you can follow the director on facebook, twitter and visit his production company’s website.

Leading lady, Sarah Booth, based in Toronto appeared as a reoccurring principal role on the Radio-Canada (CBC) series “30 Vies”, the television series “Blue Mountain State” and this past December appeared in “Deadfall” opposite Eric Bana, including a cast comprised of Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek and Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam. Hansen also serves as producer on “To Hell With Love”.

This horror/suspense film stars Montreal based Shawn Baichoo who has appeared in films such as “I’m Not There”, the television series “Being Human”. Shawn also has a successful string of hits in motion capture performance for video games such as “The Adventures Of Tin-Tin: Secret Of The Unicorn” and the “Assassin Creed” series.

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