It’s been a whirlwind year for David Sabbath.
He began filming his movie, “God Don’t Make the Laws,” last December in communities throughout central Ohio, including German Village. Since then, the writer and director has been trying to get an international audience for his movie and entering it many contests.
He’s waiting to hear if he made the cut for the Sundance Film Festival.
Sabbath, the founder of Columbus-based Three Dog Films, will offer a free screening of his film at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Arena Grand Movie Theater, 175 W. Nationwide Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“It’s mainly to say thank you for your support,” said Sabbath, who lives in German Village.
Seating is limited to 300 people and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who want to attend must email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The movie centers on a town frozen in time for 17 years. Sabbath described the story as “Stephen King writing on the back of Norman Rockwell posters.” It starts such notable actors as Paul Sorvino of “Goodfellas” and Bruce Davison of “X-Men,” plus a host of local and national talent.
As of this month, the film is being shopped and distributed in 67 countries by ICAP, a British company.
Filming the movie, Sabbath’s first full-length feature film, took about three weeks.
Sabbath said preparation was the key to the successful completion of the movie.
“It was exactly what I expected,” he said. “I knew it would be frustrating. I was very happy with my resources.”
He already has held one screening in New York.
“It was very well-received and it got a very nice ovation,” he said.
Part of the filming was done in front of Easy Street Café on Thurman Avenue.
George Stefanidis, who owns the restaurant, said the cast and crew held a wrap-up party at Easy Street.
“It was pretty nice,” Stefanidis said. “It was a good experience. I can’t wait to see the finished product when it comes out.”
Meanwhile, Sabbath will be traveling to New York for a deal on U.S. distribution. He also will attend the ITN Distribution Film and New Media Festival in New York, where another of his screenplays, “Hope’s Nocturnal,” is a finalist.
Two other screenplays, “53 Hours in Harpers Ferry” and “Canned Goods Girl,” are finalists in the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards, to be held in Los Angeles.