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Martinsville native to be home for showing of new movie
Summer Ferguson and Dave Campfield are pictured at the Horrific Film Festival in San Antonio. She acted in and produced “Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas,” and he is the movie’s director, writer, producer and lead actor. He took home the festival’s best actor award. Both will attend the Martinsville showing of the movie at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Rives Theatre. It will be a double feature with Mat and Myron Smith’s “Young Blood” at 7 p.m. Two short films,“Perfect Candidate” and “The Gnome Before Christmas,” also will be shown.(Contributed photo)
In the big, bustling city of Los Angeles, one actress wishes she could be back in her native Martinsville to enjoy the seasons.
Summer Ferguson, 32, will be back Saturday to attend the screening of a film she acted in and produced, “Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas.”
In the 12 years she’s been in California, Ferguson has been working to find roles and jobs within the film industry. She has had a few movie roles.
Ferguson is the daughter of former Carlisle School headmaster Colin Ferguson and Mary Alice Ferguson. She is a graduate of Carlisle School and took classes at Patrick Henry Community College. She has a degree in child and adolescent development at California State Northridge.
She is working toward a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Alabama.
She acts in “Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas.” She was nominated for best actress at the 2012 Horrific Film Fest. The film was nominated for best feature.
“It was the most fun I ever had,” said Ferguson of filming the movie. They completed the movie in just two weeks, working 14 hours a day.
Ferguson said she liked the props and make-up that created the gory effects. “I got to use a fire extinguisher that was filled with fake blood and I had to spray it at someone,” she recalled, laughing.
“I love being able to become someone else,” Ferguson said. “It allows you to take a break from yourself and see new perspectives.”
Ferguson claims that she is truthfully a “shy” person. This suits her next endeavor of producing. Presently, she is looking to focus more of her time on this behind-the-scenes element of movie-making. “It is even more fun because you get to kinda put all the pieces together,” she said.
In order to be an actor, Ferguson said, you need a “thick skin” because “it’s like doing job interviews every day, and nine times out of 10, it’s a rejection.”
Ferguson will begin filming a psychological horror movie in April in Virginia called “Fear the Reaper” written by Dave Campfield. Ferguson will be the assistant director and act in the movie.