Travis Irvine may have left Bexley, but Bexley hasn't left him.

Travis Irvine may have left Bexley, but Bexley hasn't left him.

Even though the 2002 Bexley High School graduate has moved to New York City, Irvine is still thinking of his roots.

His 2005 feature-length film, "Coon! Night of the Bandits of the Night," will be screened at the Drexel Theatre from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2.

Irvine also is wrapping up a documentary about his run for Bexley mayor last fall.

"Coons," which was shown at the former Drexel Gateway Theatre in 2006, is a horror satire about killer raccoons that attack a group of college students while camping.

The film is set to be released by online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy and Netflix early next month. Those interested can pre-order the movie at those sites.

Irvine, who founded Overbites Pictures with fellow 2002 Bexley graduate Colin Scianamblo, said the movie is being distributed by Troma Entertainment -- the company that brought to life "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's college production of "Cannibal, the Musical!"

"They (Parker and Stone) tried to get it around, and Troma picked it up," said Irvine, a 2006 Ohio University graduate who concentrated on film production while in college. "Six years later, they became famous. 'Coons' is our first college movie, so that's a very good sign."

Scianamblo, Irvine's partner and film producer for "Coons," as well as the upcoming "American Mayor" documentary, said he has not played the traditional role of a film producer.

"For 'Coons,' we were on such a tight budget that we did all we could to help out," he said. "We did everything from locking down the locations to applying the fake mustaches to wrangling raccoons.

"I don't know if that's the traditional idea of what a Hollywood producer is."

But the soon-to-be graduate of Ohio State University said it has all been great experience.

"The dream is to raise money for our own project and show what we can do with a little bigger budget and more time," said Scianamblo, a film major.

He said he hopes next week's showing will bring attention to the "American Mayor" documentary, which is in the post-production stage.

Irvine said Overbites Pictures is looking for additional funding to finish the editing and sound for the video. He said they need around $10,000.

"We are trying to find investors," Irvine said. "We think it's a worthwhile project, we just need to find someone who thinks the same thing."

At the Drexel next week, they will show a 10-minute clip of "American Mayor" -- hopefully to inspire audience members to open their checkbooks.

Irvine, who ran for mayor because he thought Bexley residents needed better representation, said the documentary is about running for local office for the first time. He said the movie will be entertaining as well as informative.

"We hope to really target young people, who after they watch it, they will have the competence to run for public office," he said. "We will show that people can really have an impact if they get involved at the local level."

Scianamblo said he hopes there will be a good turnout at Tuesday's screening, where investor packets will be available for those who wish to donate to the mayoral race documentary.

"The first step is to raise some money to finish the 'American Mayor,' and then we will try to hit the festival circuit," he said. "The footage has been shot, we just need to get the film edited and get the money to get the film out around the country."

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