Locally produced film based on true crime to premiere Saturday in Chambersburg

'Dead Woman's Hollow' references murder of two girls on Appalachian Trail

October 26, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • From left, music composer Kevin Yost, director of photography Matt Stahley and director Libby McDermott stand in front of the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa., where the movie "Dead Woman's Hollow" will premiere Saturday night.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A movie that loosely references true crime on the Appalachian Trail will debut Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg.

“It’s definitely not a slasher movie, but it does revolve around murder and crime,” said Libby McDermott, the movie’s director.

“Dead Woman’s Hollow” will play on the South Main Street theater’s screen Saturday at 8 p.m. The story written by Indiana resident John Taylor follows an investigation into the murder of two girls who were hiking.

“It’s cool to have a film that was shot in Franklin County play in Franklin County,” said Matt Stahley, director of photography.

McDermott said the movie has been in development for about 2 1/2 years. She said poor weather delayed filming several times.

“It was just a lot longer than I ever anticipated,” she said.

McDermott, who has enjoyed recording moments with still cameras and video cameras since childhood, is making her directorial debut after working with much of the same team on “Brainwrap” and “Leach.”

“It’s like we have this little filmmaker family,” she said.

McDermott, a Waynesboro, Pa., resident, said she hopes moviegoers feel the fear and terror being portrayed on the screen. Stahley said they might recognize sites from the South Mountain, Pa., area.

Music composer Kevin Yost said he really enjoyed his work, which was done in post-production.

“It kind of enhances what is going on in the film,” Yost said, saying he wanted music to be “felt, not heard.”

Tickets for the “Dead Woman’s Hollow” premiere can be purchased at the Capitol Theatre box office. The film’s running time is one hour and 45 minutes.

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