The show must go on.
That’s the show biz mantra from here to Hollywood and who can better attest to the slogan than a Lee’s Summit couple who premiered their first feature length film in the midst of a snowstorm that The Weather Channel referred to as ‘Snowmaggedon’?
Irene Delmonte-Lincoln and Bradley Lincoln of Lee’s Summit-based Hidden District Studios played host to a full house Feb. 6 at the Screenland Armour Theater in North Kansas City who viewed for the first time their World War II drama “Adira.”
The movie, shot on location in and around the metro area, relays the tale of Adira, a young Jewish girl who flees from the grasp of the Gestapo during the Holocaust and finds herself stranded on an abandoned farm.
“The event was a success with a full house even after ‘Snowmaggedon’ with approximately 260 people in attendance,” Delmonte-Lincoln said Feb. 10. “We actually had a great flow of positive comments from the crowd. Facebook was blowing up after the event with people urging their friends and family to go see it as well as praising our movie. It was a wonderful feeling receiving all of the support and kind words.”
Financing for the film came after a successful crowd-funding campaign via Indiegogo in May of last year. The husband and wife team raised $4,500 through contributions and used historical wardrobe, props and vehicles to transform parts of Kansas City into1940’s Nazi Germany.
All of that after Delmonte-Lincoln’s original script was just a mere 25 pages long and primed to join the couples’ previous two short films.
“I took an iPhone and literally wrote out a summary,” she said. “From there, for the next two weeks, I crafted this 25-page script from beginning to end – obviously getting feedback from Brad on location and what could work.
“It was 25 pages of mostly action lines so it ended up being about 50 minutes of actual screen time. That was unexpected for it to be that long. I just wrote 25 pages; I didn’t think it would come out to be an hour or more.”
Lincoln helped direct the film with his wife and served as editor. He said before the film’s premiere he liked what he saw on camera during stints in the editing room.
“It’s definitely a huge change from little shorts films,” he said. “It’s a crazy experience just all the different obstacles and continuity that you have to work with. You just have to make sure that you appreciate the team that you have because with a feature you can’t remember everything.”
Delmonte-Lincoln said Hidden District is planning another screening at the Screenland Armour in the near future and also is in the process of finding distribution for the DVD version of the movie.
For more information on the film or to view the trailer, visit hiddendistrict.net.