BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Like all good thrillers, “Headrush” starts on a dark and stormy night.
There’s a body under a sheet in a laboratory, and biochemist Kurt (Cameron Spann) flashbacks to earlier in the day. The audience must follow the scientist on a thrill ride to solve the murder.
“Everyone will be a victim or a suspect,” said director Johnson Thomasson. “You’re trying to put it all together, who’s under the sheet and how they got there.”
That’s the premise of “Headrush,” the new short sci-fi murder mystery movie written, produced and directed by Thomasson. It premieres next week at the Malco in Tupelo.
The movie was made using a cast and crew almost entirely from the Magnolia State.
The cast includes North Mississippi actors like Kenny Cook and Amye Gousset, and it was filmed last year in Jackson and Canton.
Grants from the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance and the Mississippi Arts Commission, as well as two crowdfunding campaigns, helped raise money for the $30,000 budget.
The film’s premiere will also include a short block of previews for other Mississippi-made films, and there will be a Q&A following “Headrush.”
Thomasson, who’s been making his own movies since he was 15, is proud of the movie.
When he applied to USC’s prestigious film school, he included a copy of “Headrush,” and he was accepted.
But before Thomasson heads off to Hollywood, he’ll show off a truly Mississippi film across the state.
“I really think it’s a great film,” he said. “It’s a great showcase for Mississippi filmmaking.”
On The Big Screen
WHAT: Premiere of “Headrush,” directed by Johnson Thomasson
WHEN: 7 p.m. July 25
WHERE: Tupelo Malco
EXTRA: “Headrush” isn’t rated, but Thomasson said he’d rate it somewhere between PG and PG-13 for mild language and adult themes.
CAN’T make it to the Tupelo premiere? It’ll also be screened at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville on Aug. 2 and at the Malco in Oxford on Sept. 3.