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BHBL grad screens short film before 'Scream 4'

Moviegoers who clamored to see Scream 4 opening weekend and chose the Madison Theater in Albany as their theater of choice, got a little something extra. They viewed a 28 minute and 50 second "preview" that was actually a short horror film called "Hinnon Valley," written, directed and produced by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate Rick Greenwood.

"It went pretty good. It was a little less people than I had expected but the people who did come were willing to stop by and give their input. It was nice to meet face-to-face with people," said Greenwood, who estimated about 500 people got a peek at his work.

Greenwood is now a graduate student at The New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Calif. and "Hinnon Valley" is his short thesis film that marks the launch of his professional film career.

Jay Pregent, co-owner of the Madison Theater, helped him mark his new beginning in a big way.

"He worked out a great opportunity for me by screening my film as an opening bonus to the opening weekend of 'Scream 4,'" said Greenwood.

The storyline goes like this: Hinnon Valley, a small, secluded city within a mountain range was the perfect place to test a new military weapon. Things get out of hand when the flesh eating inhabitants begin to take over. It's up to Dr. Allison Westlake, who teams up with a young girl named Erin, to find a cure to stop the outbreak while eluding an opportunistic military general and his henchman.

"Hinnon Valley" rolled before the first two screenings of the latest "Scream" installment at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Greenwood said it was a chance to get feedback and drum up interest in his work.

"I had a survey ready to have people fill out I was selling copies of the movie to raise money to get it into festivals and stuff," said Greenwood. "Overall it was a pretty good response. People really liked it and said they wished it was longer every single person who responded said 'yes' they'd like to see a feature version."

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