Director Paul Bright says that his new movie, "Goliad Rising," includes more than 90 Texas actors, many of them from Austin. And the director, along with many cast and crew members, are expected to show up Thursday night at the Bullock State History Museum's Texas Spirit Theater for the world premiere.
"Goliad Rising," which was filmed in Austin and Central Texas last year, stars Shannon Lark as Ariel Loner, who's leading a revolt against the Goliad Corp., which has developed technology that brainwashes people into thinking they're happy. The technology has obvious political implications, with the president enjoying a soaring approval rate.
The rebel leader uses her skills in seduction to recruit an initially leery David (Austin actor Aaron Weisinger) to help bring down Goliad. And before long, both Ariel and David are on the run from national security forces.
Bright, who also wrote the script, has the other main role as the leader of the Goliad Corp.
After the premiere, the DVD will be available for purchase at www.goliaduprising.com.
Other actors who are expected to attend the screening Thursday night are Cynthia Schiebel, Matthew Burnett, Jacquelyn Lies, Jay Pennington and Joann Fields.
Bright, who has been working primarily in New York for the past couple of years, says this is his sixth feature film and that he loves making movies in Austin. His other films include "Abrupt Decision" (2011) and "Theft" (2007).
Tickets to Thursday night's screening can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/240120. The theater is at 1800 N. Congress Ave.