Man's cinema dream becomes reality

`Hunting Humans' to debut Saturday in Columbia

April 18, 2002|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

The start of filming on Hunting Humans, Glen Burnie filmmaker Kevin Kangas' debut as a director, was not filled with good omens.

At the shoot, the Fire Department showed up outside the filming location - the Severna Park home of the leading man's parents - to check on a problem with a power line. Five minutes later, electricity went out in the neighborhood, leaving Kangas with no lights or equipment.

"That was the first night," said Kangas, who would face similar debacles over the course of filming in the summer of 1999. Through it all - a hostile security guard at Annapolis Mall, an uncooperative dog, and traffic jams caused by filming - Kangas persevered.

The big payoff comes Saturday, when Hunting Humans, a psychological thriller about one serial killer stalking another, will be shown in public for the first time. The screening is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the United Artists Snowden Square movie theater in Columbia.

Kangas, 31, who owns Empyre Comics in Glen Burnie, says the difficult shoot was worth all the hassles. Any doubts he might have had were erased at a recent private screening for family and friends.

"It was pretty amazing," said Kangas, who wrote the screenplay. "If there was ever a chance of me doing anything else in my life, it went out the door as soon as I saw it on the big screen."

The main character in Hunting Humans is Aric Blue, a successful, handsome young man - and a serial killer. But the hunter becomes the hunted. Blue finds himself on the run when another serial killer targets him as his next victim.

"It becomes a cat-and-mouse game between two serial killers to find out who's best at hunting humans," Kangas said.

Blue is played by Rick Ganz, a Severna Park actor who works as a computer network administrator. Shot mainly in Glen Burnie and Baltimore for less than $50,000, the movie features local professional actors in other leading roles. Tickets for the showing of Hunting Humans on Saturday at UA Snowden Square theater in Columbia, 9161 Commerce Center Drive, are $5 at the box office.

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