WKNO-TV will broadcast the Memphis independent film Daylight Fades, a movie which was filmed entirely in Memphis in a 38-day shoot. Daylight Fades is directed by Brad Ellis and stars Matthew Stiller, Rachel Miles, and Allen Gardner. It premiered in Memphis on June 15, 2010.

The movie tells the story of Johnny (Stiller) and his girlfriend Elizabeth (Miles). After suffering a near fatal car accident, Johnny is bitten by Seth (Gardner), a mysterious vampire with a past linked to Elizabeth, in order to keep him from dying. Now leading a new life as a vampire, Johnny must deal with his ever-changing relationship with Elizabeth all while fighting his bloodlust.

During the presentation of the movie, WKNO will include breaks featuring director Brad Ellis and actors Kim Justis and Dennis Phillippi. In his TV classroom, Professor Ghoul will also talk to Memphis and Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler about movie-making in Memphis.

“While this is certainly a departure from our regular horror movie lineup presented by Professor Ghoul’s Horror School,” said Executive Producer Russ Abernathy, “we believe fans of Professor Ghoul will be particularly interested in this wonderful local horror film.”

“We are pleased that WKNO and Professor Ghoul have chosen to bring our film to television viewers,” said Brad Ellis, Daylight Fades director. “Memphis has a thriving local film industry and we want to be able to showcase these outstanding productions to as many audiences as we can. WKNO viewers, in particular, should enjoy the talent coming out of our hometown.”

Daylight Fades was produced by Old School Pictures, an independent Memphis film group that originated from Houston High School’s Film and Video Production class of 1998. The company has produced nine films including Act One, which won the 2005 Indie Memphis Film Festival’s “Home Towner” Award for best narrative feature.

Daylight Fades won the “Outstanding Feature” Award at the 2010 Vampire Film Festival in New Orleans and the “Darrell Award” at the Mid-South Con 29 in Mixed-Media for the best work published in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.


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