KINGMAN - An independent movie filmed in Kingman at the beginning of the year is slated for its local premiere in August.
Orange County, Calif., resident Nick Conedera brought his cast and crew to Kingman in January to film "Dreamweaver," which incorporates the stories of a young high school teen who wants to be a cowboy, and that of a security guard and his drug addict brother who are trying to steal from a doctor running an illegal drug operation.
The doctor's character is based on the real-life case of Dr. Albert Szu Sun Yeh, a Las Vegas physician who is facing multiple felony counts after a yearlong investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency into the clinic he operated once a week in Golden Valley.
"The situations are serious, but the way the characters navigate those situations is funny," Conedera said during filming.
Originally titled "Once Upon a Time in Kingman," the film was shot over at four-day period at local locations, including Upton's Hidden Pines Bed and Breakfast on DW Ranch Road, AIMS Medical Center, the Hilltop Motel and several private residences.
Conedera says he changed the name of the movie to address concerns from locals to avoid a perceived negative image of the town, along with keeping to the movie's theme to "follow your dreams and everything else will fall into place."
Around two-dozen local teens served as extras in the production, with two significant roles going to two students from the Kingman Academy of Learning High School.
Around 30 students from KAOL also feature prominently in an anti-drug public service announcement, which Conedera produced for the Kingman Area Meth Coalition as a way to show his gratitude for those in the community who supported his filming efforts. The PSA talks about methamphetamine being a dream killer.
"With this film, everything came together, especially in Kingman and all the help we got from everyone," Conedera said. "I got more out of it than I expected."
The movie will premier at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Brenden Theatres. Tickets are $5 and seating is limited. Additional information on how to buy tickets will be available closer to the screening.
The movie's Web site, www.dreamweaverthemovie.com, also features the PSA for the meth coalition.