By MADELINE SCHINDLER
Female writers, directors, producers and actors will walk the “Dead Carpet” at the awards ceremony for the Women in Horror Film Festival at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Peachtree City on Sept. 21- 24.
Among this year’s guests is Newnan filmmaker and producer, Maggie Hickman. Her film, “DeadThirsty,” has been nominated for Best Writing and Best Picture.
The film, set in 1992, depicts a “New World Order” where civil unrest is prevalent. A group of friends host an illegal rave in an abandoned hospital and find themselves in the midst of a depraved force, “DeadThirsty.”
Actors Sara Bess, Evan Taylor Williams, Melissa Kunnap, Jared Sullivan, Pedro Ferreira and Rich Robertson were cast for the film.
Over the course of nine days, Hickman and her husband Jonathan, along with Joshua Hickman, John F. Stevens, Jason Winn and Matthew R. Zboyovski, filmed the movie in the old Piedmont Hospital located on Hospital Road in Newnan.
“It was quite intense,” Maggie Hickman said. “We finished production at the end of December and added a few scenes in January.”
She joked that the first three days were for filming and the rest consisted of cleaning up fake blood.
According to Hickman, the entire movie was filmed in Newnan.
“Newnan is a really great location,” she said. “The hospital was the perfect fit for our movie setting. It was fantastic.”
The couple worked as a team handling all aspects of the film’s production, from writing the script, to working on the set, to creating the title sequence. In addition to producing the film, Hickman also designed the movie poster and website.
The Hickmans have worked on other film projects such as “The Wonderful Wadsworth,” a documentary about the Wadsworth Auditorium in downtown Newnan. They are currently working on two documentaries, one about rock bands in the 1990s and another about artists in Newnan.
A special screening of “DeadThirsty” will be featured during the Women in Horror Film Festival later this month. The movie is expected to be released in 2018.
For information about the Women in Horror Film Festival, visit www.wihff.com/home.html