- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

EASTON, Md. (AP) - Even as Bodine Alexander Boling, or “Alex” to those who knew her well, grew up in Denton and went to high school at Sts. Peter and Paul, she always identified herself as an actor. She took part in any community theater she could, earned roles in movies by a local filmmaker and continued at Barnard College in New York City. Even as she formed a career as a freelance producer and film editor, she gained work as a voice actor.

But now, after writing her first feature film, “Movement and Location” - which she also starred in, edited, produced and did whatever else had to be done - she’s starting to see herself as a writer.

“Movement and Location” will be shown Saturday, followed by a question-and-answer period, at the Avalon Theatre in Easton as part of the Chesapeake Film Festival.

Majoring in English and creative writing, and being an avid reader all her life, Boling always enjoyed writing but didn’t immediately connect with it.

“I started writing the screenplay because I wanted to act,” she said. “I was tired of going to auditions and waiting around for someone to tell me that I was the right kind of attractive for the part.”

“If I didn’t have acting as the goal, then I would have given up a long time ago,” Boling said. “People kept telling me don’t give up, and I would think, yeah, sure people who know what they are doing shouldn’t give up, but I had no idea what I was doing.”

Thirteen drafts, including multiple full rewrites, a few filming fiascoes involving losing footage and being punched by a stranger for no reason, help from friends and a lot of hard work, and about two years later, “Movement and Location” is earning awards at film festivals around the country.

The casual science fiction thriller is set in modern-day Brooklyn and follows Kim Getty (Boling), an immigrant from 400 years in the future who has traveled with her husband to live in a better time. But time travel is a difficult, one-way trip, and the couple is separated.

Three years later, Kim has created a new life and started to fall in love, but that is threatened when she meets 15-year-old Rachel (Catherine Missal, Boling’s cousin), who is also from the future. Rachel leads Kim to her husband, who is 20 years older and has not fared as well. Kim must choose between two entirely different lives and figure out how to continue to survive in a time that is not her own.

“It doesn’t really show how time travel works or what the future is like, just that people are willing to take the chance to leave in order to escape,” Boling said. “These characters are from the future, but it is mostly about human interaction.”

Since premiering at the Brooklyn Film Festival in the spring, “Movement and Location” has earned Audience Awards, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Narrative film, but Boling still is excited to share a the movie she worked so hard on and still enjoys watching it with her friends and family.

“The Avalon Theatre is such a special theater to me, too. I had my senior prom there, I acted there, I was in a talent show there, and ‘Riders’ (a film by Doug Sadler) showed there,” Boling said.

Her family still lives in Denton.

Through this experience, Boling said, she found the writing is the aspect she was most proud of and she has plans to continue. With her first screenplay done, Boling has started other projects, including another screenplay and a novel.

“I am working on a screenplay that I don’t necessarily want to be in, but I definitely want to direct,” Boling said. “I am now totally confident in my ability to do that.”

Boling’s husband, Alexis Boling, was both the director and cinematographer of “Movement and Location.”

“I have found that writing and film, as well, can inspire empathy, and I think that is the most important thing art can do,” Boling said.


Information from: The Star Democrat of Easton, Md., https://www.stardem.com

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