Warsaw graduate premieres short film at Performing Arts Center

A Warsaw graduate is premiering his short film “John the Lion” Friday night.

Beau Eckel is inviting the community to come get a first-look at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. He says the piece touches on the issue of dementia, and has an emphasis on respect for your elders.

“The message that I got when I saw the film was that we should really care and respect those who have come before us,” Brynn Durecki, the lead actress in the film and also a recent Warsaw High School graduate, told WNDU.

Durecki says being the lead actress in her classmate’s short film was a learning experience. Eckel says he learned a lot too.

“I’ve learned that a real film cannot be made by one person,” he jokes.

The film-maker from Warsaw believes the hard work and endless hours will be worth it when the community sees their message.

“We should respect history as a whole,” said Durecki. “It might be boring in some of our classes, we might not like it, but it’s where we came from. It’s who we are, and I think that’s really important and I hope that’s what people see in this movie.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on the Warsaw Performing Arts Center.