Lewiston Auburn Film Festival: Film paying homage to Stephen King will be shown. Horror novelist will receive invite to the premiere.


AUBURN — The Maine-made feature film “You Can’t Kill Stephen King” will be premiered at this year’s Lewiston Auburn Film Festival in April,  festival directors said today.

The film, which has already received national mainstream attention in cinema magazines, is a comedic take on the horror genre, putting Maine’s own master horror novelist at the center of the story.

The plot revolves around a group of friends who visit the state in hopes of meeting King, but come face-to-face with a bevy of eccentric characters.

Although a screening time has not yet been set, “You Can’t Kill Stephen King” will be shown on April 14 at the Community Little Theatre. Both festival organizers and the film’s creators plan to send personal invitations to King.  “We hope after he sees it that he will smile,” said co-director Monroe Mann.

A question-and-answer session with cast and crew will follow the film’s screening.

“This movie is supposed to be fun and campy. I think we achieve that,” co-director Ronnie Khalil said.

Mann and Khalil spent two days writing the first draft of “You Can’t Kill Stephen King” while spending a dark and dreary weekend at Mann’s family cottage on a lake in Maine. “We suddenly thought: why has no one ever written a story about Stephen King and, since it’s raining, why don’t we do it ourselves?” Mann said.

The 90-minute film took 19 days to film and many more to edit. It was shot at the family cottage, meant to sleep between five and six adults, where 30 crew members stayed in the cramped quarters. “We were sleeping like Jenga blocks,” Khalil said.

“This film, shot in Maine, exemplifies the creativity and determination of independent film makers that is LAFF’s mission to support and foster,” said Sandra Marquis, chairwoman of the LAFF board of directors.

Besides “You Can’t Kill Stephen King,” festival organizers announced the acceptance of two more feature-length films, “Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story” and “Bad is Bad,” plus as six shorts and three documentaries. The  shorts include“Timed Romance,” “Wolf Call” and “Empty Space,” a trio of shorts by director Rob Underhill; “Bathing & the Single Girl,” directed by and starring Christine Elise McCarthy; “Children of Air;” and “The Telegram Man.” The three documentaries are “Beverly Hallam: Artist as Innovator,” “Roadmap to Apartheid” and “Are All Men Pedophiles?”

The Lewiston Auburn Film Festival will take place on April 13, 14 and 15, opening with a concert by Don McLean at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston. For ticket and film information, visit www.lafilmfestival.org.