By Steve Wheatley, guest blogger
You’ve probably never heard of Matt Niehoff or Brian Cunningham.
But if you’ve seen a Papa John’s pizza ad or Maker’s Mark commercial in the past few years, you might have seen their work.
Matt and Brian are, respectively, the editor and the director of photography for VideoBred Inc., a Louisville-based company specializing in quality high-definition TV commercials.
While Brian and Matt love their day jobs, their true passion is in creating feature films. In Matt’s own words “… brutally epic movie[s].”
They have done just that, and boy is it epically brutal.
Debuting Saturday at Louisville’s own ‘Fright Night Film Festival’ is Niehoff and Cunningham’s first foray into the world of feature film, “Overtime: The Movie.”
The premise is this:
Raphael (former WWF superstar Al Snow) and Max (John Wells, a local actor and front man for the band ‘MSD’ ) are hit men. They work for the powerful Samantha (Katie Stewart) who is a criminal lawyer. She defends crime lords, gets them acquitted of all charges, then uses the money they pay her to put hits out on them. Raph and Max kill the bastards, and the city is a safer place. Lately business has been booming and the guys have been working late hours, even weekends, much to the chagrin of Raph, who is also a family man. They are so busy in fact, that Raph forgets his son’s birthday and gets in a lot of hot water with his wife Tammy (Christina Mullens). Raph has to juggle his job, his family, his trigger-happy partner and his overbearing boss. But when Sam sends him to an underground facility to take out the distributor of a dangerous new drug, he reluctantly agrees. This is no ordinary facility and no ordinary drug. Sam and Max have no Idea what awaits them.
Now, before I go on, in the interest of full disclosure, I must warn you … I am a bit biased because I did some of the “Overtime” field audio, post production audio and programming in this movie.
That being said, Matt and Brian have miraculously – and on a very limited budget – put together a Hollywood-quality film.
“Overtime” features an action-packed script, some great chemistry among the primary actors, an original score by Louisville composer Jason Paige, and between the gun battles and “Zalien” brain splatter, there are some laugh out loud funny moments.
Go to here to see the trailer and more info.
It will be well worth the $10 admission to the premier.
The Fright Night Film Festival is next weekend at 2715 Fern Valley Road.
If you are a horror fan and you want to hob-nob with some horror big shots, it might be worth buying a $25 day pass.
Director John Carpenter is going to be there.
Yes, that John Carpenter. As in “Halloween” and “The Thing.”
So if you are down for a bit of the “weird” Louisville culture – and as you will have already seen “Harry Potter” three times by next weekend – you might want to see something fresh and straight out of the city of Louisville.
Clear your calendar for 6 p.m. on July 23 and come to the “Overtime” premiere.
Bonus: I’ll be there.
I might even introduce you to Matt and Brian, so you can say, “I knew them when….”
See you there!
About the author: Steve Wheatley has been not just using computers but building them since he was in diapers. Steve has forgotten more about computers and Social Media than you’ll ever know. He works in the IT section of a Louisville-based mega-company.