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Movie based on a novel by a YSU professor will premiere at The Sundance Film Festival

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A local professor's dream will become reality this weekend, when a movie based on his novel, premieres on the big screen.

The 2007 novel, One for Sorrow, was written by Youngstown State University Professor Chris Barzak. The novel was adapted into a film and will premiere this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The festival is one of the largest independent film festivals.

"I'm really nervous but I'm also really excited," said Barzak.

The Northern Trumbull County native's story is a coming-of age tale about a boy, whose classmate is murdered. The teen begins to interact with his friend's ghost, and also ghosts of the booming industry that used to be the Mahoning Valley.

Although the movie wasn't filmed locally, Barzak says the director kept a lot of the local detail.

"It's a very similar kind of landscape which is something they wanted to go for, they wanted to keep the essence of kind of a post industrial city that has fallen on hard times after years of economic decline," said Barzak.

Sharing in his excitement, JoAnne Tombo, an Intern at WFMJ-TV and Reporter for Youngstown State University's school paper, The Jambar. Tombo will travel to Utah for the premiere. She is on assignment by The Jambar to report on Barzak at the red carpet.

"His students I've talked to before and they all feel so fortunate to be able to learn from someone who not only has book experience but is now sitting back and watching the ultimate dream come true," said Tombo.

The film is titled "Jamie Marks is Dead." Barzak says if the film is success at the festival, it could make it's way to theaters sometime next fall.

 

 

 

 

 

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