Florida horror-romance-comedy movie starring Orlando cast and crew to debut in theaters – Orlando Sentinel
A film shot in Florida with cast and crew members from Orlando debuts March 12. ‘The Waiting’ – produced by Florida director FC Rabbath starring Sharon Collins, Mark A. Marple and Jared Rush romantic comedy film.
“I’m really into it because I really like doing something unique and new because I think it’s a fun thing to do,” Rabbath said.
The film follows newly single Eric Brady (played by Orlando actor Nick Leali) who has had enough of online dating and finds a job at an old hotel. After discovering that one of the rooms is haunted by a ghost (Molly Ratermann), he sets out to get rid of it to impress his boss, but things change along the way.
In addition to Leali, “The Waiting” features Central Florida actors David Raizor, Hayley Haas, Michelle Feliciano and Emalie Noelani as well as Tallahassee actors Bill Kelly and Marple.
“The Waiting” was filmed in North Florida, including at The Lodge at Wakulla Springs, which is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America program.
“He’s a pretty famous one,” said Rabbath, who is based in Apopka and Tallahassee. “It’s something that’s protected by the state, so we really had to work with the state to get the filming to happen.”
Rabbath self-funded this “labor of love” and hopes it will be a wake-up call to support filmmaking in Florida.
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“We didn’t receive any help from any inducements,” he said. “There were some in the 90s and early 2000s, but they cut that out, which made Florida less attractive to big studios. We’re trying to do something here to attract more productions, and the fact that we’ve been able to do that just shows the possibilities… for other films shot in the area.
This is his sixth film shot in Florida. Among his other Sunshine State projects is the 2018 horror film “A Brilliant Monster,” which was filmed in central Florida.
Although COVID-19 did not affect filming, which wrapped in late 2019, it did impact the festivals where “The Waiting” was supposed to screen and delayed post-production.
“Getting all the pieces and everyone back on track from the start of the pandemic has been distracting,” he said. “The good news is that it gives independent filmmakers a chance: because theaters have less content, it gives us a chance to fill a niche there.”
“The Waiting” will begin screening March 12 at CMX Cinemas Plaza Café 12 in Orlando, CMX Cinemas Tyrone Luxury 10 in St. Petersburg, CMX Cinemas Dolphin 19 in Miami, and CMX Cinemas Fallschase 14 in Tallahassee. A larger version is planned for later this year.
For more information on screenings, visit cmxcinemas.com/movies/The-Waiting.
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