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‘Cryptids,’ filmed in Butler County, to be screened April 25 at Sewickley theater

Next week, Butler County residents have a chance to come out and see a movie which was partially filmed at home.

“Cryptids,” a horror movie anthology which has received multiple awards on the festival circuit, will be showcased at The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center in Sewickley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase.

Segments of the film were shot in Butler and Portersville in Butler County, as well as other locations across Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Directed by Zane Hershberger and Justin Seaman and starring Joe Bob Briggs, the film centers around a radio call-in show which is receiving increasing reports of mysterious Bigfoot-like creatures.

According to co-director Hershberger, who was also the producer, roughly 20 minutes of the movie was filmed in Butler County, with the Butler portion filmed at the property of Mark Hopper.

“His family let us film in their house and on their property,” Hershberger said. “They have woods beside them, and they were really gracious about letting us film all over, at all times of the night.”

The Portersville portions were shot at McConnells Mill State Park, which served as the exterior shooting location for the film’s Bigfoot segment.

“It’s beautiful. We got a lot of great footage there,” Hershberger said. “There’s just so much to do up there.”

The Lindsay Theater, formerly known as the Tull Family Theater, started the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in 2022 to give emerging local filmmakers a chance to showcase their work on a big screen. So far, there have been 24 events in the series.

“Through the Showcases, The Lindsay supports the cinematic industry and strengthens the networks of beginners and established artists,” Ross Nugent, the theater’s director of education and special programs, said in a statement.

“Through EFS, filmmakers receive free access not only to the Theater’s big screen, but technical, promotional, marketing and other staff expertise,” said Karen Ferrick-Roman, director of communications for the theater.

Hershberger says that the Lindsay event gives them a chance to show the film in front of a Western Pennsylvania audience for the first time.

“We actually have it available now, but we never had a premiere for cast and crew here in Pittsburgh,” Hershberger said.

The screening of “Cryptids“ is free to the public, but seats are reserved and tickets are going fast.

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