LOS ANGELES (JG-TC) -- The short horror film, “The Cleansing Hour,” that Mattoon native Damien LeVeck directed will premiere during the upcoming 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival.

LeVeck reported in a press release that "The Cleansing Hour" will screen at 10 p.m. Friday as part of the horror program, presented by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV. "The Cleansing Hour" was written by Aaron Horwitz.

This short film follows Lance (Sam Jaeger) and Drew (Neil Grayston), who run a popular webcast that streams exorcisms staged to look real. When Lance, who plays a priest, unknowingly hires an actress who is actually possessed (Heather Morris), he is forced to reckon with his online charade in front of 20 million viewers worldwide.

"I’m honored that our film is competing in HollyShorts, and I’m excited that we finally get to show off the culmination of over a year’s worth of work,” LeVeck said. “'The Cleansing Hour' is a fresh take on the exorcism genre that is sure to scare and thrill everyone who’s brave enough to watch."

All of the short films will be available for viewing via the streaming service at http://bitpixtv.com for the duration of the Aug. 11-20 festival, LeVeck said.

LeVeck reported that he raised more than $30,000, the majority of his production budget, via a Kickstarter campaign. He raised part of this funding in the Mattoon area.

The Mattoon native, who now lives in Los Angeles, has accumulated editing and producing credits on the films, "Corso—The Last Beat" and "Take Me Home" and for TV shows on ABC Family, Fox, VH1, SyFy, MTV, TBS, TruTV and Oxygen.

Viewers can watch the trailer for LeVeck's short film at cleansinghourmovie.com. More information on the film festival is available at visit www.hollyshorts.com.


Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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