Standing at the Crossroads of their Lives a Thriller is about to Happen. Premieres on May 14
NAPLES, FL, April 30, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Last of the Grads premieres on May 14 writer/director/producers Jay Jenkins and Colin Kliewe. The two chose their old stomping grounds of Naples, Florida for the setting of their new horror movie, Last of the Grads, premiering on gumroad.com. A class of graduating high school sen-iors, standing at the crossroads of their lives, celebrate their last night together at the annual school lock-in. They never could have guessed that they are about to encounter the harbinger of death, the legendary ‘Coast to Coast Killer’.
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Jay Jenkins and Collin Kliewe are two young filmmakers who grew up in Naples, Florida as high school classmates at “Seacrest Country Day School”. After college, they reconnected over their mutual love of movies and with the dream of creating their own feature length film. Over the summer, Jay and Collin secured local investors, assembled the cast and crew and shot at Seacrest for an intense 24-day shoot.
“We always pictured the high school in Last of the Grads as Seacrest,” expressed Collin Kliewe. “It’s such a uniquely pretty campus, and we both went there, so that’s the experience we had growing up.” Jay Jenkins, stated, “These were the hallways we imagined while we were writing the script. We’d be setting up for a big action scene with the crew and sometimes i’d just think to myself ‘hey, that’s where the boys and I used to eat lunch!’, having the opportunity to film there was so surreal.” Not allowing the pandemic of the last year to slow them down, all pre-cautions were taken, and some minor slow downs happened everything is in place for a May 14th premiere.
The Seacrest connection does not stop there; David and Kyle Prue (both executive producers and actors in the film) attended high school with Jay and Collin, and the lead actress, Jessica Lang, also graduated from Seacrest several years later. Four attending Seacrest Seniors in-terned on the film as production assistants and received weeks of valuable on set experience and various alumni/students were also brought on as extras in crowd scenes.
Coronavirus Impact/Cast and Crew:
“It’s been such a crazy year for everybody, and on top of that, we were managing a complex production with tons of challenges every day. Making a movie is tough work! It’s all so reward-ing though, to see things coming together into a film that we’re truly proud of,” stated Collin Kliewe. “Luckily, we were working with a lot of great people.” Jay continued, “We had experi-enced industry veterans and skilled newcomers working together all pushing to get this thing to the finish line. In this sort of situation, your team makes all the difference.”
As a film taking place in a high school setting, the cast is primarily composed of young and tal-ented college aged actors. “We found good people… really good. I think a lot of our actors have seriously bright futures ahead of them,” Jay said. The industry veterans that Jay and Collin en-listed include production manager Andrew Sands, who has a history with horror legends like George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead) and Michael Gornick (Creepshow, Creepshow 2). They also hired Tolin FX (I Am Not Okay With This) for the movie’s shockingly realistic practical special effects. Oscar-nominee Kami Asgar (Pitch Perfect, Zombieland) head-ed up their sound department. “Working with people who are experienced in the industry and knowing that they believe in your project is so encouraging,” expressed Collin Kliewe.
Top Billed Cast:
Jessica Lang as Emma Bradley
Jadon Cal as Steve Clayton
Sara Eklund as Donna McCormick
Kyle Prue as Ben
Caroline Newsome as Maddie
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Runtime: 100 minutes
Synopsis: A class of graduating high school seniors, standing at the crossroads of their lives, celebrate their last night together at the annual school lock-in. They never could have guessed that they are about to encounter the harbinger of death, the legendary ‘Coast to Coast Killer’.
Locale: Naples, FL
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