Cabin Fever

Filming a feature-length movie in Colorado can be a nightmare, particularly for a psychological thriller like The Inner Room.

“Colorado’s a beautiful place to shoot, and everybody involved in this film has some local connection, but without some of the cash incentives other nearby states offer, it can be a pretty hard sell for filmmakers,” says Mark Diestler, the film’s Denver-based producer. Other constraints were imposed by director Jack Gastelbondo. “We rented a cabin and about twenty acres of land in Fairplay, then bunked in the cabin for a month with our whole crew,” Diestler says. “There was no power, so we had to use natural light or generator power, and it was quiet like you’ve never experienced. It could be terrifyingly dark and sinister out there. And — the real horror — nobody could get any damn cell phone reception!”

The Inner Room stars Jessica Duffy as a woman disturbed by horrific visions on a trip to the cabin with her husband, whom she comes to distrust as much as her own perceptions. It premieres as the headlining film for opening night at the eighth annual Vail Film Festival tonight, screening at 9:30 p.m. at CineBistro, 141 East Meadow Drive, and again on Friday at 8:45 p.m at the Sebastian Hotel, 16 Vail Road. Walk-up tickets for The Inner Room and other VFF films are $10; festival passes for the weekend start at $120. Visit for passes and more information.
March 31-April 3, 2011

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Colin Bane
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