A unique new film written and produced by an Iowan premieres at Drake University tonight. Max Collins wrote the independent film that was shot using security cameras.He staged a convenience store robbery that’s shot using the security cameras and cameras mounted in a police car. Collins says the film called, “Real Time: Siege at Lucas Street Market”, isn’t like your average film. He says it has a gritty reality to it.Collins, who lives in Muscatine, is a former writer of the “Dick Tracy” comic strip. He says he got the idea for the movie from another independent film, the popular “Blair Witch Project”, but uses his background in crime drama for the story. This is the third independent film for Collins. He says they restored a former convenience store in Muscatine to shoot this movie, which led to some amusement for the cast and crew.People in the neighborhood thought it was actually a real convenience store, and several tried to come in and buy things. You can see the movie tonight at the Drake Olmsted Center. Collins says it’ll be released in a few small theatres, but will also be available on D-V-D and eventually videotape. The screening tonight begins at 7:30 and costs five dollars. The movie is free for college students who bring their student I-D.
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