CHELMSFORD -- Chelmsford TeleMedia is about to show off its crowning achievement, an hour-long film whose premiere on Friday, Feb. 7, will kick off the Boston Science Fiction Film Fest.
"It was something done with a number of local volunteers out of love, really. Just out of the joy for doing it," said Matt Scott, the Chelmsford TeleMedia director who has multiple roles in the movie, including writer, director and actor.
The film, The Nigerian Frequency, was a year in the making. Scott, others at Chelmsford TeleMedia and friends in the area put the movie together largely in their own time, between other jobs and obligations, and during vacation time and weekends. It was lower than low-budget, and many of the people who star in the film also filmed, produced and edited.
"We had a lot of long email chains when we'd figure out who was available on this day or that day," said Pat Snow, a 24-year-old Chelmsford resident who is an actor, editor and producer in the movie. Many days, filming took place because many on the crew happened to be available that day, he said.
The Nigerian Frequency isn't exactly science fiction, even though it'll be in a sci-fi film fest. It's about Friendleme.com, a website in which users can set up online friends. The program creates online friends that it feels the users deserve, and the users expect them to be the ideal buddy: Always available, nonjudgmental, supportive of the user's desires "no matter how twisted or sick they may be," as the film's introduction says.
The Nigerian Frequency was chosen to kick off the Boston Science Fiction Film Fest because of its local connections, said film fest director Garen Daly, who lives in Pelham, N.H.
"This is a film that has developed and grown out of a local community, and that is more important to us than anything," he said.
See the movie trailer at youtube.com/user/randommatty.
The Boston Science Fiction Film Fest runs Feb. 7-17 at the Somerville Theatre. For tickets and information, visit bostonsci-fi.com.
-- Grant Welker
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