Vernon made film wins big at HorrorFest

The Phoenix Solution picks up the best picture award at the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking’s sixth annual HorrorFest.

  • Nov. 7, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Director Randy Kirk and actor Corkey McMechan go over a scene in The Phoenix Solution

Director Randy Kirk and actor Corkey McMechan go over a scene in The Phoenix Solution

With movie stars Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta about to arrive in the North Okanagan to start filming the thriller Go With Me, an independent film shot in Vernon is generating its own kind of buzz.

Short film The Phoenix Solution just picked up two awards at the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking’s  sixth annual HorrorFest, Saturday at Kelowna’s The Film Factory.

“We shot the film in August and September right here in Vernon with a small local crew andhh we just won best picture, tied for best FX and makeup and won best death,” said Vernon’s Randy Kirk, who wrote and directed the film and produced it with his son, Ryan Kirk, through their One Inch Punch Productions company.

The 15 minute short is about a disgruntled ex-employee and computer geek named Phoenix (played by The Morning Star’s movie reviewer Brian Taylor), who gathers a group of animal activists together to exact revenge on his ex-employer at all costs.

“It is a suspenseful scary movie served up with a dash of humour and a splash of blood,” said Kirk.

The film also stars Vernon actor Corky McMechan and Okanagan College English professor Kevin McPherson Eckhoff as well as Kelowna actors Kimbo Ritchey, Ashley S. Fetters and Jessica Combs.