It was a night, complete with red carpet, as the USA Film Festival had its Texas premier featuring a movie filmed in Aledo - Gallows Road.
The star-studded event welcomed its leading man, Ernie Hudson, to the Angelika Theater in Dallas on April 22. Also in attendance was Texas’ own Stephen Tobolowsky, formerly of the hit television series Glee, who introduced Hudson. Tobolowsky also played a short film in honor of the 69-year-old actor which included segments of Ghostbusters, The Hand that Rocked the Cradle and Miss Congeniality to name a few.
Gallows Road is a movie about forgiveness. Though not entirely a young child-friendly movie due to brief moments of violence, the undertone of the film is one of heart-warming compassion.
The character Bob Collins, played by Hudson, appears to be living the American dream.
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He has a beautiful, loving wife, two children who cherish him and a younger brother and business partner, Seth, played by Marcus Mauldin.
A very spiritual man, Bob’s life is good and he’s grateful to God for it.
Bob and Seth are just one day away from making their dream of opening an antique store come true. This is not just any antique store, but one previously owned by the sheriff’s brother, who has two shiftless sons, Snake and Matty. That’s where trouble begins.
Jake Knight, played by Bill McAdams Jr. and who directed the film, is a man searching for a purpose, unsure of his role both as a husband and a father.
He has a beautiful wife and two children, yet he chooses to spend most of his time with the "brotherhood," Snake and Matty. This choice causes Jake to get off course and head down the wrong road. One of his only hopes and saving grace is his boss Frank, played by Kevin Sorbo, who is a good friend offering both steady work at the stables and spiritual advice.
A terrible crime draws these men together, changing their lives forever – turning one from the “light” while speeding the other towards “darkness.”
The theater was filled to capacity with movie-goers. One of those attending was Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall, who had a role in the movie.
“I was part of a team that told a story,” Marshall said. “I loved being a part of it. The actors were great to work with and embraced me with open arms, that had an impact on me.”
There were several scenes in the movie featuring the Parker County city and its beauty.
Gallows Road next stop will be at the Bentonville Film Festival May 5.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902