Unearth Surfaces for Pennsylvania Premiere
Locally-produced eco-horror film to be shown publicly for first time at Sunset Drive-In
THURSDAY, APR. 29
After spending a year in the film festival circuit, Unearth will be surfacing in theaters around the world this month, having found distributors in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and elsewhere. Distributing the film domestically will be Cinedigm.
Theatrical premiere dates in the U.S. widely coincide with Earth Day (April 22), in line with the film's fracking theme and treatment of environmental ethics. A week later, it will publicly debut where it all began — Northwestern Pennsylvania. The Sunset Drive-In in Waterford will show the film at sundown on Thursday, April 29 before up to 280 carloads of eager spectators just dying to drink it all in, even with the repercussions of groundwater contamination horrifyingly on display.
Unearth was locally produced by Lyons Den Productions under the directorship of John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies, locally shot in rural Erie County, and locally funded by private investors who also happen to be NWPA residents. Even two of the movie's leading actors — Marc Blucas (Girard) and Allison McAtee (Edinboro) have local ties. The release is the culmination of eight years of tireless planning, production, and promotion — a milestone that the filmmakers are rightfully proud of.
Erie, too, can be proud about what's possible for cinema in this region after viewing the film — which to date has garnered a 75% Fresh rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Said Lyons "It's been a long 8-year journey to bring the film to life, we can't wait to debut it back here at home after it's travelled the world."
Sundown // Sunset Drive-In, 808 PA-97, Waterford, PA 16441 // $10 per person or $25 per vehicle // unearthmovie.com