WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – We're getting our first look at a locally-filmed movie, starring James Kyson and Lisa Goldstein.
Terry Linehan, a UNCW professor, wrote and directed the feature film.
The movie is about a heartbroken man looking for life's answers as he travels through North Carolina, giving rides to hitchhikers.
"Do not underestimate this movie," Linehan said. "It is small. The budget is small. But we have attracted the talent that shows there is something to the story that speaks universally."
James Kyson is the male lead on the project. He is best-known for his role on NBC's hit show Heroes.
Kyson read the script and said he was attracted to it. Then, Linehan drove to meet him while Kyson was in Washington, D.C., for an event. The two hit it off and Kyson signed on to the film.
Starring opposite Kyson is Lisa Goldstein, who many locals will remember for her role on One Tree Hill.
David Andrews (World War Z), Bill Ladd and Jane McNeill Balter (The Walking Dead) also make appearances in the flick.
Students from UNCW's Department of Film Studies also helped bring the script to life.
While in Wilmington, they shot on location at the Goody Goody Omelet House, Lula's Pub, and Jackson's Big Oak BBQ. They also shot scenes near Asheville.
Linehan called the movie "a love letter to the state of North Carolina."