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Ohio University filmmakers premiere killer raccoon feature

ATHENS, Ohio (May 17, 2006) -- The feature length movie, "COONS! Night of the Bandits of the Night," an 82-minute movie about a campground attacked by killer raccoons, will premiere at Mitchell Auditorium in Seigfred Hall on Saturday, May 20. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the short film, "Call Kid Kevorkian," written and directed by Ohio University alum Lehr Beidelschies, '05. 

'COONS! Night of the Bandits of the Night' premieres May 20 in Seigfred Hall's Mitchell Auditorium.Ohio University seniors Mark Lammers and Travis Irvine produced the project, along with Instructor Keith Newman of the School of Telecommunications and a handful of Video Production students. Students Brian Kamerer, Seth Pfannenschmidt and Travis Irvine produced the original score for the film, which also features actors from the Athens comedy groups Honor Patrol, Wrong Man and Comedy for the Masses.

"COONS!" features a medley of cinema firsts. Lammers and Irvine produced the movie on a budget of $5,000 and used real dead frozen raccoons as the story's stars.  It is also the first feature length movie to ever be successfully completed by Ohio University communications undergraduate students.  In addition, Lammers and Irvine have secured "COONS!" a national and international distribution deal, to be released in October 2006 by the cult, independent production house Troma Entertainment, Inc.  Troma is known for distributing such films as "The Toxic Avenger" and "Cannibal! The Musical," the latter of which was the first feature length film by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

The story of "COONS!" begins as a group of college students attend Raccoon Creek Campground, a regional hot spot for underage college students to camp and drink after a hard year at school. But this summer they have opposition - to save the town's respectability, the rangers are enforcing stricter drinking policies. Security cameras, tasers and holding cells are in place to make sure the students think before they drink! But that is not the end of it. After also encountering frat guys, backwoods hippies and Bible students, chances for a successful vacation look slim. Things only get worse as killer raccoons target the camp with a thirst for vengeance and hilarity!

Having reached completion only within the past year, "COONS!" has already taken major steps to solidifying itself as a cult sensation.  Weeks after premiering at Columbus' Drexel Gateway Theater, the movie was run as a midnight showing for four weekends in a row.  "COONS!" has also played at video and film festivals in Akron, Florida and Utah.

Tickets to the screening will be sold on a first come, first served basis at Mitchell Auditorium Saturday night. The price is $3 per ticket.

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Media Contact: Mark Lammers or Travis Irvine, (513) 313-0084, (614) 607-1776 or oufilmmaker@yahoo.com

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