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Local Filmmakers Premiere "Quicksand" At TCFF

By Beth Milligan | July 28, 2022

Local director JohnPaul Morris and producers Nick Loud and Chris Loud will premiere their movie Quicksand - filmed on location in Traverse City - at three screenings at the Traverse City Film Festival this week.

According to the filmmakers, Quicksand is a Michigan-made bromantic comedy about "two best friends who embark on a treacherous road trip after losing their best friend's wedding ring just days before the ceremony. Their secret quest accelerates into a loud exploration of life, love, and 21st century relationships as Ray and Paul enlist the help of everyone and everything they know to try and outrun certain death and just get back to their normal problems."

The film was shot on multiple locations throughout the Traverse City area and features local cast and crew members. "Getting a feature film to premiere at a festival like TCFF is an incredible opportunity, just by itself," Nick Loud and Chris Loud said in a statement to The Ticker. "To have it be our local film fest, of course, makes it even more special. To double down on that, the movie was shot primarily in and around Traverse City, so people will recognize a lot of the locations, and a lot of the people on screen, which hopefully will create a kind of buzzy, (respectfully) vocal viewing environment at the theater, and that’s just fun and exciting for everyone involved. It’s an entertaining story to begin with, but there will also be some cinematic elements that director JohnPaul Morris and our amazing, hard-working crew were able to pull off on a small budget that we think will surprise the audience."

Quicksand will play at 6:20pm Thursday at AMC Theatres and 9pm Thursday at Bijou by the Bay; both screenings are standby line-only. Tickets are still available for a third screening Saturday at 8:30pm at AMC.

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