Independent Wichita film premieres on the big screen

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An independent Wichita film hit the big screens on Wednesday night. The film is called “Pearl 2” and was shown at the Warren Old Town Theatre.

“I was at the first premiere. It was awesome. This is going to be phenomenal,” said Teresa Hutton, a supporter.

It picks up where “Pearl 1” left off. It follows the main character Travis as he struggles with his sobriety and troubled past.

“We just kind of see his journey as that continues,” said Micah Dennis, screenwriter.

The sequel focuses on character growth but the real treat director Devon Bray said is the growth of the production quality since the release of “Pearl 1” last year.

“We just wanted to take it to the next level,” said Bray.

Bray said the budget for the film was around $25,000 dollars. After the release of “Pearl 1” last year in the AMC theater, he was able to use the earnings to upgrade equipment and other aspects of the production.

“We’re predicting an even better upgrade from now,” said Bray. “We’re not stopping. You just have to put the work in. I believe in this city. I believe in Wichita.”

The film produced by Bray Films was locally filmed and features an all local cast with a soundtrack of all local artists showcasing the talent Wichita has to offer.

“There’s so much untapped talent here in the city,” said Dennis.” For us to be able to get where we are at right now, hopefully this will open the door for so many other filmmakers and actors to have that kind of big break for themselves.”

“This is historic,” said Janeshia Wilson, an actress in “Pearl 1” and “Pearl 2.” “To see Devon and Micah work together as a phenomenal team and build something for the city of Wichita. It’s unbelievable and to be an integral part of that is a blessing.”

The filmmakers had to add a second screening at 9 p.m. after the first showing at 7 p.m. quickly sold out.

“I’m just excited that the community is actually excited about this and behind it and pushing it,” said Brey.

The community’s support continues to ignite the filmmakers’ passion to create more and the city’s potential for more.

“Yes we’re celebrating our movie but we’re celebrating what this represents for other filmmakers in the city as well.” said Dennis.

“Pearl 1” is available on Amazon and “Pearl 2” will be added soon.

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