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'Still: The Web Series' screens at Historic Everett Theatre on Jan. 25

By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Arlington Times Reporter
January 22, 2014 · Updated 1:09 PM
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Arlington filmmaker Jonathan Holbrook shot a scene for 'Still: The Web Series' on Olympic Avenue, in front of the Blue Bird Cafe, on Sept. 14 of last year. / File photo.

ARLINGTON — Area fans of horror will get to catch the latest episode of a locally produced web series that's starting to attract positive attention, from critics and genre icons alike, when it premieres at the Historic Everett Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

Arlington filmmaker Jonathan Holbrook debuted "Still: The Web Series" online on Oct. 2 of last year, after shooting in Arlington, Everett and other Puget Sound locations starting in the spring of 2013, but an injury forced a hiatus in production, in the middle of his planned first season of 15 episodes.

"My patellar tendon ruptured and my leg collapsed out from under me," Holbrook said. "I've finally gotten to the point where I can get around without crutches, but everyone's been asking me, 'When will episode 8 air?' We're going to run it as the midseason finale, along with all seven preceding episodes, during the second night of the Short 10 Cinema Webfest at the Historic Everett Theatre, after which it'll be available online."

Holbrook has been circulating word of the event throughout his hometown of Arlington, whose downtown stands in for the fictional "Sloughtown" in the web series.

"I dropped off a ton of fliers at the Blue Bird Cafe on Olympic Avenue, where we shot a lot of episode 6 last September," Holbrook said.

Clayton Ballard, whose original songs open each episode of "Still," will be performing at the Historic Everett Theatre that Saturday night, prior to the screening, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast and crew.

"Pat Cashman, who appeared in episode 7, will be co-hosting the show that night with local comedian Michelle Westford," Holbrook said. "This is the first screening of 'Still' anywhere. We made all eight episodes to date for less than $2,000, and the great reviews have just taken off. We've even been officially selected for the 2014 L.A. Web Series Festival, so we'll be heading to California in March."

As the web series has gained a higher profile, so have a number of genre actors entered into talks with Holbrook to put in possible appearances. Kevin Gage, who costarred with Robert De Niro in "Heat," and Brent David Fraser, who appeared in "The Chocolate War" and David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," are currently in negotiations with Holbrook, who's also hoping to secure two other notable horror movie actors whom he can't name yet.

"We've even got 'Still' action figures that are being prototyped right now, with Meredith Binder, who's on our posters, as the first 'Still,'" Holbrook said. "I just want to thank everyone who's given us so much support in making 'Still: The Web Series' a reality."

For more information on the Short 10 Cinema Webfest at the Historic Everett Theatre, log onto www.short10cinema.com or http://experienceeverett.com/event/short-10-cinema-webfest.

To follow the ongoing progress of "Still: The Web Series," check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StillTheWebSeries.

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