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Swanson film to be shown at film festival this weekend

Local filmmaker John Swanson on the set of his movie “Threshold.” The film will be shown at a film festival in Macomb this weekend.
Local filmmaker John Swanson on the set of his movie “Threshold.” The film will be shown at a film festival in Macomb this weekend.

PRINCETON — Princeton actor and filmmaker John Swanson is starring in “Threshhold,” a narrative, short movie to be shown this weekend in Macomb.

On Monday, Swanson said “Threshhold” will be shown this weekend as part of the Cornfed Film Festival in Macomb. Last month, the film was shown as part of the Fargo, N.D., Film Festival.

For the Macomb film festival, “Threshhold” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday and again at 3 p.m. Saturday, both at Taylor’s Hall for Events, located at 125 S. Randolph St. Swanson will be at the Saturday showing.

The 17-minute narrative short movie was directed by Chase Thompson of Columbia, Mo., who is also expected to be in Macomb for this week’s showings.

Swanson said “Threshhold” tells the story of Hank, a train-hopping young man; Gil, a stubborn old man played by Swanson who is about to lose his land to the government; the town sheriff; and a pesky documentary crew who all collide as Hank crosses the “threshold.”

In an earlier interview, Swanson said he has been writing and making films since he got his first 8mm movie camera when he was 13 years old. He is a graduate of Wyanet High School and Illinois Valley Community College.

Swanson has acted in more than a dozen plays and written, produced and created three film documentaries on the Amish. Last fall, Swanson partnered with the Apollo Theater in Princeton for the Halloween-showing of “Unearthly Harvest,” a 71-minute feature film written, produced and directed by Swanson.

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