Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 27, 2013

Leland filmmakers screen at Newport

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — LELAND — Leland-based 8180 Films is screening its new movie, “The Girl on the Train,” at the Newport Beach Film Festival this weekend.

Shot entirely on location in New York City, the noir psychological thriller stars Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume on “Lost” and other shows including “The Mentalist” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Nicki Aycox (”Jeepers Creepers II,” “X Files: I Want to Believe,” “Perfect Stranger”) and Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch in “Avatar,” “Public Enemy,” “Men Who Stare at Goats”). Larry Brand (”Halloween Resurrection,” “The Drifter”) directed.

In the film, documentary filmmaker Danny Hart (Cusick) boards a train at Grand Central Terminal, heading to upstate New York to interview subjects for his latest project. But a chance encounter with a mysterious young woman named Lexi (Aycox) leads him on a journey of a very different sort.

Joining 8180 Films for the project were award-winning costume designer Patricia Field (”The Devil Wears Prada,” “Sex in the City”), cinematographer David Sperling (”The Drifter,” “Remember WENN”) and composer Alexander Janko (”My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “The Coexist Comedy Tour”).

Composer Janko, executive producer Ross Satterwhite, and producers Jim Carpenter and Rebecca Reynolds live in Leland. This is the third feature for 8180 Films, co-founded by Carpenter, Reynolds and writer/director Larry Brand in 2007.

The last time the company premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival, it took away a 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking award for its first feature, “Christina.”

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