MOBILE, Alabama — Prolific Port City filmmaker Drew Hall’s latest release, “Convergence,” is a psychological thriller inspired by a spooky deserted hospital.
“I had noticed that the old Knollwood Hospital was closed so I began to think up what would be interesting set in a hospital,” said Hall. “With the empty hospital in my head I started thinking about what would honestly scare me and I remembered a story about a deeply religious man who felt that God would have him kill innocent people. As a southerner I have deep spiritual roots – so I decided to explore that world.”
Mobile audiences can see the freaky film on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Crescent Theater, located at 208 Dauphin St.
The screenings are fundraisers for The Crescent, and tickets are $10 per person. All the screenings will include a Q&A session with Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.crescenttheater.com.
Produced by Frame 29 Films and Drama Free Zone, “Convergence” stars “Forrest Gump”‘s Mykelti Williamson, Mobile’s Clayne Crawford and Ethan Embry, who has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films including 1995’s “Empire Records.”
Screening attendees are sure to recognize the scenery in “Convergence,” which was filmed in Oct. 2013. It was shot at locations in west Mobile and downtown Mobile including Knollwood Hospital, and the studios of Mudbrick Media.
The plot centers on an arson detective (Crawford), who is recovering in a hospital after a routine investigation gone wrong. As he attempts to make sense of what happened, the haunted hospital itself presents its own series of spooky problems, including a religious zealot (Embry) who is passionately trying to convert the hospital’s denizens into his creepy congregation.
Fraking Films said “‘Convergence’ is “an interesting premise that is thankfully masterfully executed. ‘Convergence’ is an incredible film.”
And Mike Parkin from Flash Bang said “There is so much to consider with this film already, yet I’m deliberately being obtuse – there’s a lot I’m not saying and I’ll leave you to find out why. As mentioned earlier this film workson different levels, and it is likely to stay on your mind for quite a while after viewing. ”
Hall’s other Mobile-made films include a sci-fi action trilogy, made up of the films “Skyhook,” “The Phoenix Rises,” and “Sons of Liberty.”
“I knew that after Sons of Liberty I wanted to write something that was more personal,” Hall said. “Plus I really wanted to explore the design of a thriller.”