Local actors, filmmakers team up for short indie film

By Mary Ann Albright, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Locals will recognize plenty of Clark County spots in the short independent film “James vs. Reality.” Filming locations included various Camas locales, the golf course at The Cedars on Salmon Creek in Brush Prairie, and outside the Academy building in downtown Vancouver.

The film, which features cast and crew from the greater Vancouver-Portland area, will celebrate its theatrical release Tuesday in a free event at the Bagdad Theater in Portland (go to http://www.wellfixitinpost.com/jvrpremiere.html for more information).

“James vs. Reality” was written and directed by Vancouver resident Chris R. Wilson and former Vancouver resident Tim Feeney. The film, a comedy that also has elements of the science fiction and action genres, stars Vancouver’s Jonathan Senske as James, a patient in a mental institution who believes he has super powers. Vancouver actress Hollie Olson plays Dr. Anne, James’ psychologist.

“It’s fantastic. It’s just so funny,” said Olson, 48, who was also a producer on the film and helped with sound editing.

The film has been submitted to Sundance Film Festival and other festivals around the country, and Olson said its sharp writing and stellar special effects should make it stand out.

“It’s got quite the 'wow' factor,” she said.