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Greencastle to see special screening of 'Greencastle'

June 24, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Koran Dunbar, far left, watches as a banner is revealed for a screening of "Greencastle." Proceeds will benefit G-A MAAX, an organization supporting improvements in Greencastle-Antrim, Pa., schools.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A special screening of the movie “Greencastle” will be held in its namesake community this September to raise money for arts and athletics.

Officials with the G-A MAAX organization hosted a press conference Sunday to announce a showing of the movie filmed in town. “Greencastle,” which opened in March, is being screened at film festivals and is being prepared for release on Blu-Ray, DVD and some theaters.

The Sept. 15 screening at Greencastle-Antrim High School will provide its own milestone.

“This will be the first time ‘Greencastle’ will be screened in public in Pennsylvania,” said Koran Dunbar, the writer, director and lead in the film about a pet shop employee dealing with the death of his wife.

Proceeds from the 7 p.m. showing will benefit G-A MAAX, an organization supporting arts and athletics improvements in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

G-A MAAX raised $317,000 in the past year targeted at repaying a $2.5 million loan for facilities improvements, according to Vern McCauley, assistant chairman of the capital campaign.

Tickets for the movie event cost $30 each for general admission, $50 for reserved seats in the middle section and $100 for the front rows. There will be a party afterward at the John Allison Public House, which donates 10 percent of Sunday profits each week to G-A MAAX.

The high school auditorium has 1,008 seats, McCauley said.

“We’re 100 percent certain we will sell out the auditorium,” he said.

The film is not officially rated, but it is appropriate for PG-13 audiences, Dunbar said.

“I had high expectations, but I had no idea this (response) was going to happen,” he said. “I wanted to create a film people would enjoy and that would look like a real ‘film.’”

“A lot of people say (Greencastle the town) is our Mayberry. Well, a slice of our Mayberry belongs to Hollywood,” McCauley said.

Guests are invited to dress red-carpet ready for the Greencastle screening. Tickets will be on sale at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and at www.greencastlethefilm.com.

Other G-A MAAX fundraisers include an Aug. 3 golf tournament, Oct. 13 auction and Nov. 17 breakfast with Santa.

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