Arkansas backdrop for new 'Sympathy Pains' film

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Who needs Hollywood when you have Arkansas? One local filmmaker is proving you can make a great film right here in the Natural State.

According to UCA's The Fountain, 'Sympathy Pains', which had a budget of just $7,000, was filmed over the course of about a month and a half during the summer of 2012, with a total of 30 shooting days. More than 30 Arkansas locations were used in the film, mostly around Conway and Little Rock.

The film written and directed by Joe Dull, assistant professor of digital filmmaking. It tells the story of Danny, a terrible comedian in his late 30s who develops morning sickness when he finds out his wife is pregnant with their first baby.

Watch the trailer here.

The film stars Chris Fritzges, assistant professor of theater, as Danny and UCA theater graduate Courtney Bennett as his wife, Stephanie. Other UCA alumni in the cast include Dahren White, FE Mosby and Jim Harris.

The 35-person crew was comprised entirely of UCA faculty and students with the exception of Dull's wife, Kat Dull, who worked as executive producer. THV 11's own Craig O'Neill makes a surprise cameo in the film.

The UCA Film Department will premiere 'Sympathy Pains' on Monday, Sept 23 at 8 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


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