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Lonely Joe Screening Kicks off Friday 13

Lonely Joe, the supernatural thriller filmed and based in Solvay, screens this Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse.

Admission is $5 for the nearly finished film. Produced by Emmemax Films, a Solvay-based company, the event is also being used as a fundraiser to pay for finishing touches.

Select cast and crew will be in attendance at the screening.

Lonely Joe, based on a true story out of South Texas in the 1980s, focuses on a series of disappearances stretching over 50 years. The protagonist, Michele Connelly (Erica Leerhsen) is a New York City reporter who comes back to investigate. Texas-native Michael Coonce, who wrote and directed the film, said it stretches over five days -- beginning Monday when Connelly arrives in town and ending Friday, when she is due back in New York.

Horror-movie fanatics may recognize Leerhsen from other movies such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wrong Turn 2.

Coonce has high expectations for the screening's turnout. "The Palace Theater's capacity is 700, so we're expecting 700," he said.

The company chose to locate the film in Solvay because of its unique location and logistics. The town, Coonce said, progressed to a certain level and paused -- making it perfect for the filming. The cooperation from the local government and townspeople was also appreciated; Coonce said he was allowed to film in the police department, homes, and in the streets. The movie was also filmed in other local towns including Elbridge and Syracuse, and used local residents for almost everyone except the main characters. "We had a lot of good experiences making the film here," he said.

Despite the scythe-wielding figure on the posters, Coonce insisted the movie is not the typical slasher. "I'm personally not even that big into horror. It's more of an investigative, supernatural suspense-kind of film," he said.

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