The long awaited independent fantasy film, THE RANGERS - A Shadow Rising, is finally ready to be unleashed on the world.
The Rangers (a film project inspired by the works of Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, George R. Martin, and other iconic fantasy lore) has been a passion project; a film made BY fans of the genre FOR fans or the genre, and has officially announced it's first three public summer 2015 screenings for the eastern United States.
The Rangers is about a special force of soldiers, who were founded long ago by King Alirion to guard and watch the borders of the Kingdom of Olaran. Follow the adventures of the unit of Rangers led by Brander Noke, known as Wolf, and their new rookie Soren Fell. In this epic tale of good vs. evil, Wolf and his band of elite Rangers, pick up the trail of dark and mysterious events and begin to investigate. What they can only sense, but not yet see to report, is a shadow of great evil rising in the region they patrol, the Borderlands, a northern province that is the gateway to the kingdom they are sworn to protect.
"It was such a beautifully intense and immersive experience," says John Wells, who played the principal villain, The Shadow Prince Korlan Magan. "Ron (Newcomb, writer/director) is an actor's director. He fills the set with this wonderful contagious energy. He lives and loves this stuff, and he makes it felt by everyone on set. I've been sincere fan of medieval fantasy my whole life, and to be in these picturesque locations, surrounded by so many other impassioned people working together to breath life into this world, it was an exciting thing."
A Shadow Rising is the labor of love and first presentation from the indie production team at The Forge Studios, and hopefully the first of many installments of The Rangers as a franchise or episodic. From director, Ron Newcomb (Rise of the Fellowship), The Rangers was shot last summer using the stunning landscapes of the Rappahannock area of eastern Virgina after a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.
It stars Wolf J. Sherrill (Rise of the Fellowship), John Wells (Overtime, Piranha Sharks), Sebrina Scott (Overtime), Josh Murray (The Soliloquy) , Gretchen Lodge (Lovely Molly), David Nordquist, Christopher Attoh, John Thomassen, Lyon Beckwith, and Martin Lopez.
The first screening of The Rangers happens in Fairfax, VA on Thursday, July 23rd at the Angelika Film Center - Mosaic. Cast and crew will be in attendance. A few tickets are still available at www.TheForgeStudios.com
Next up, The Rangers heads to GENCON in Indianapolis, one of the nation's largest gaming conventions. The film shows on Friday night, July 31, at 10pm, at the Indiana Convention Center in the Westin : Grand Ballroom III, where the filmmakers will be present to answer questions about the production.You can grab a spot here (Day Pass required): www.gencon.com/events/81897
Finally, The Rangers has been accepted to screen as a part of the Fantasmagorical Film Festival at Fandom Fest, (one of the region's largest comic and pop culture expos) in Louisville, KY. Louisville is the hometown of cast members, John Wells, Sebrina Scott, and Dale Miller, who will be present for the show on Saturday, August 8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets and information available at www.FandomFest.com