Antioch native, director Anthony C. Ferrante, second from left, reviews a scene just filmed with Sam Black, first assistant camera, along G Street while actor Kyle McKeever, right, rehearses his scene with other crew members in Antioch, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016. The movie “Forgotten Evil” is a thriller about a woman with amnesia trying to restart her life when her past comes back to haunt her. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
ANTIOCH — “Sharknado” director Anthony C. Ferrante returns to his home town with his latest non-fish tale.
Last fall, Ferrante paid homage to his childhood city by filming “Forgotten Evil,” featuring Antioch High School, the Antioch Police Department, El Campanil, the marina, Red Caboose and Riverview Lodge.
While the movie recently made its debut on the Lifetime Movie Network, Ferrante now brings it to the big screen at El Campanil, where he shot his first movie as a teenager.
The thriller will be shown at 7 p.m. April 1 – no fooling – with a special Q&A to follow with Ferrante and his three leads: Masiela Lusha (Renee), Kyle McKeever (Randy), Angie Teodora (Nurse Mariah), and Adrian Bustamante (Jensen), a former Antioch resident.
Ferrante, an AHS grad, wrote and directed the film.
“Forgotten Evil” follows Renee, an amnesia victim trying to piece together her past before she can start her future. Lusha is best known as Carmen, the daughter from the “George Lopez” TV show.
Lusha enjoyed her “most memorable” character and touring Ferrante’s favorite spots in his childhood city.
“It made the project heartfelt. We felt we entered Anthony’s world. This was his vision and we’re glad he took us along for the ride.”
And, that ride turned out to be quite friendly, thanks to a warm community.
“We loved them! It was a spontaneous sense of welcome,” especially during the scene in the theater. “Here we were able to settle into actual conversation. It made me feel at home.”
During last August’s filming, Ferrante said “I always write with a small town in mind because of where I grew up. This is a perfect small town to me … with a great downtown.”
Kristin Vistalli is one long-time resident particularly happy about the film coming to El Campanil.
“I was excited we were going to have a movie filmed in Antioch directed by Anthony Ferrante … I’m a huge ‘Sharknado’ fan. We heard about the need for extras,” so she and daughter, Amanda, attended the shoot at the theater and ended up seated behind the two leads.
“The crew was very friendly and the actors were nice. One thing for sure, you have to be patient … we were there about four hours that night.”
But, the long wait was worth it once she and her family saw the movie on TV.
“It was so exciting to see our town … The aerial views were amazing.”
Most exciting is Vistalli and her daughter “made the cut” in the film. “It was a great experience.”
Ferrante said coming back to his home town was “pretty awesome. The community was incredible. Everyone was very helpful and supportive. I’m grateful for their generosity.”
For the Antioch native, screening the movie at El Campanil “feels full circle.”
Proceeds from this event benefit Antioch High School. Tickets are $10 at the door, $11.50 online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or purchase tickets at the Campanil office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and one hour before the show. For more information, call 925-757-9500.
Note: Trine also does community outreach for Antioch High School. Reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.com.