At last weekend's Derby City Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, actor Lance Henriksen received a Lifetime Achievement Award. By the end of the event, he was also celebrating the Best Actor prize claimed by Sean Elliot, his co-star in the frightening father-son wilderness "psyche-saga" It's in the Blood.
The movie also scored Best U.S. Feature and an Audience Choice award, but it's really Elliot's prize that is the headline here. After all, the part of October--who together with estranged dad Russell (Henriksen) must battle a mysterious backwoods creature--is his first lead film role.
Elliot co-wrote the Blood script with director Scooter Downey, his pal since kindergarten. The Louisville-born tandem has made a giant leap forward from the spoof trailers they used to splice together at Ballard High School.
According to an article on LouisvilleKY.com, Elliot and Downey holed up at one point for a month in a Colorado cabin, where they worked laboriously on draft after draft. Along the way, Elliot was able to hone his chops as a theater actor in New York City.
[It's in the Blood]