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Locally-Produced Film Debuts

Two Springfield filmmakers have a new movie that opens Sunday at the Moxie Cinema. It's called "To and From." KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

"To and From" is a movie about a guy named Harry who is getting ready to move to Antarctica. But before he does, he returns home for the holidays to be with his grandfather who goes door to door dressed as Santa Claus.

Brandon Goodwin is co-director, co-editor, co-writer and co-producer of the film. He says the other half of all those titles, Nate Black had the idea for the eccentric grandfather character.

All the filmmakers needed was an actor who could bring the grandfather to life. Enter renowned artist and Springfield institution Robert E. Smith.

But even the best scripting couldn't account for Robert E. Smith's improvisational skills. Again, filmmaker Brandon Goodwin.

Robert E. Smith wasn't the only actor veering from the script. The star of the film is Jeff Houghton, host of the Mystery Hour at the Skinny Impov and the film also includes Skinny Improv founder Jeff Jenkins. The filmmakers say their movie is family friendly. "To and From" plays at the Moxie Cinema in Springfield Sunday afternoon at 12:30, Monday night at 7 and Tuesday at 9:15PM.