An independent horror film shot in the Leesville area won "Best Homegrown Film" at the Lake Charles Film Festival on October 6.
An independent horror film shot in the Leesville area won "Best Homegrown Film" at the Lake Charles Film Festival on October 6. "Zydeco" was written and directed by Major David Noble. His wife, Sunny, served as producer. The Nobles lived in Leesville while stationed at Fort Polk, but are currently in South Korea. A Halloween mask inspired the idea for the film about four years ago, which has a decidedly Southern flavor. After writing a feature length script, the Nobles were ready to cast the film two years later. Courtney Shay Young and LaTasha Williams play the two young women stranded in a small Louisiana town populated with strange characters. The girls annoy a shop owner and a local voodoo woman, played by William Hartley and Rhonda Shaubert. They are then stalked by the monstrous Zydeco, played by Elgin Foster. Foster was discovered walked through the PX by Noble, who cast the 6'6" young men in the film. In real life, Foster is a sweet person, but in the film he is truly scary. Diana Nelson and Krystal Tomlin act in the film, and also served as crew. Nelson was make-up artist, and Tomlin was an audio tech. Anthony Saldivar happened to drive by during filming and came aboard to help with special effects. He brought in friend Nate Brown, who played a role in the film also. Cast and crew were from Louisiana, a few with acting credits. Some local filming spots were the Leesville Cafe, Leesville 171 Speedway, local stores, and outside locations. Fred Taulbee, Jr., who has made his own independent horror film, "Gothic Vampires from Hell," was director of photography. David Noble has been a film buff most of his life. He and Sunny have made a number of short fan films, but "Zydeco" was the first foray into feature length film. Dave wrote and published "Fan Films Quarterly" until deployed to Iraq in 2007. He was interviewed in "Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind the Camera." "Zydeco" is making the rounds of film festivals, and the Nobles are continuing their film work while overseas. The film will screen for competition at the DOA Bloodbath Film Festival in Dallas this weekend. Clips of "Zydeco," and the movie, are available on the Nobles' website www.stormfrontentertainment.com.