It took encouragement from community leaders and support from residents to get a film to the big screen in Southlake.Community leaders got word out to movie goers who purchased more than 500 advance tickets for Beyond the Farthest Star, which premiered in Southlake on Friday.The film’s producers, Pathlight Entertainment, used a new distribution method called Seatzy.com. The website encourages people to purchase pre-sale tickets to bring a film to a nearby theater. If the film sells enough advance tickets, it gets shown at the theater. The film will play at the Harkins Theater in Southlake Town Square.“We decided to release the film through Seatzy,” said Benjamin Dane, producer. “It helps us get the film out there and also gives the power back to the fans.”Garnering community interest required community involvement. Dane, a Southlake resident, said he reached out to various community groups, city leaders and businesses to spread the word.Laura Hill, councilwoman and Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids founder, said she passed out fliers at SPARK meetings.The film tells the story of a preacher who must balance career with bettering his relationship with his wife and teenage daughter.“It sounds to me like a teenage crisis,” Hill said after viewing the trailer. “It goes exactly with our mission, to get that conversation going with parents and their kids.”Barry Corbin and Renee O’ Connor who star in the movie made an appearance Friday at Southlake with other cast and production members.
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