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Release date for Redneck Betties movie is announced

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Fans of the Redneck Betties roller derby team can look forward to the release of a new movie that will feature the team on the big screen.

The official release and first showing of Redneck Betties: The Movie will take place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre April 11.
Dead Prairies Productions, a Swift Current based not-for-profit production group, made an official announcement about the release date Jan. 30.
Filming of the movie took place last summer and post-production work was completed recently. Producer Devon Oman said the process went smoothly.
“It was really good,” he mentioned. “Everybody worked well together. It was a team effort and everybody had fun.”
He was impressed with the scenes done by the members of the roller derby team, despite the fact the Betties felt they would not be good at acting.
“Every scene they did was really well done,” he said. “They were all good actors and actresses.”
Around 14 members of the team participated in the project and the film includes a scene set at a roller derby game. The Redneck Betties as well as members of the Moose Jaw roller derby team helped out with the filming of this scene.
“That was the biggest challenge of the movie,” he said. “Making a fake game was definitely the hardest part of the filming.”
Two local musicians also collaborated with Dead Prairie Productions on this project. Paula McGuigan and Eliza Doyle wrote a song for the film’s opening credits.
This is the third movie production by Dead Prairies Production. The previous two, Zombageddon and Swift Nightmares, were horror movies.
The group’s latest film is a departure from the previous two. The script for Redneck Betties: The Movie was written in a mockumentary style by Oman in co-operation with Chris Martens. The fictional story is presented in a documentary format to create a parody.
The other members of the Dead Prairies production team are Jerry Monkman, who directed Redneck Betties, and Brian Dueck.
The filming of this film was different from the previous two because it was not necessary to use make-up for special effects.
“So we didn’t have preparing times,” Oman said. “We just basically went in there with a camera and shot. I think our team right now for Dead Prairies is very strong.”
He is expecting significant interest in this film for a number of reasons.
“It’s going to be a bigger audience because there is more of an audience for a mockumentary documentary than the horror movies,” he said.
In addition, the Redneck Betties team is very popular in the Swift Current area and many fans will be eager to see the film.
“The Redneck Betties have a huge audience,” he said. “So I think it’s going to bring a lot of new people into our movie.”
Ticket sales will kick off with a ticket blitz at the Swift Current Mall on Feb. 21 and thereafter tickets will be available at The Boarding House.
Tickets will be $10 each and 50 per cent of proceeds will be donated to the Swift Current SPCA.
The proceeds from the previous two movies raised more than $8,000 for the local animal shelter and that tradition will continue with the new movie. The remaining portion from ticket sales will be used to fund future movie projects by Dead Prairies Production.
The screening of Redneck Betties: The Movie April 11 will take place at 8 p.m. at the Sky Centre. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and there will be door prizes after the showing.

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