Last October, I was lucky enough to be an extra on the set of Northwest Ohio’s newest horror film, “Pi Day Die Day.” Directed by Toledo’s Michael E. Cullen II, the film follows the story of detectives chasing down a killer who terrorizes a high school on March 14, also known as Pi Day.
Production wrapped a few months ago and the film is now ready for viewing. Take a first look at this local picture with the producers of the film during special premieres at Bowling Green’s Clazel Theater and the Maumee Indoor Theatre.
The film’s writer and co-producer is Whitehouse native Lindsey LaForest, who refers to the film as a “slashomedy”– an old-school slasher horror film entwined with bits of comedy.
Since finishing production, the producers and director recorded audio commentary for an eventual DVD release. “Everyone laughed at all the right places, but they were also scared at the right places,” said Cullen.
The Clazel screening will take place Saturday, March 12, with the Maumee Indoor premiere Monday, March 14 (the titular day in the film). For Cullen, this is a huge step. “This is the first big premiere for a film I directed,” he explained.
Slice of community
To thank the Northwest Ohio filmmaking community for production assistance, Cullen and company held a filmmaking competition among students at Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. A winning short from each school, selected by the Pi Day cast and crew, will be screened during the premiere in the respective city.
Take the opportunity to see the film in a theater and help support area filmmaking. And, if you watch closely enough, you might just see a handsome City Paper writer in the background screaming for his life.
7pm Saturday, March 12 | $8/GA, $6/students | Clazel Theater, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green.
7pm Monday, March 14 | $8/GA, $6/students | Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St., Maumee.