Lakeland artist Aaron Corbitt likes to make people laugh. And this weekend, he hopes to add some shouting.
“Beware! The Hitchhiker,” a comedy-horror film created by Corbitt and three friends – Tugce Erol, Phil Couture and Jon Thompson – will premiere at the Polk Theater on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The idea for the film came from Corbitt, his brother and his friend Couture, who made films when they were children.
“We were all artists, and instead of doing what other kids were doing, we were making movies. It was one of the characters we created as an excuse to test our imaginations and have fun,” Corbitt said. .
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When Couture, who is also a lead in the film, came over from Poland, they decided to revive their character.
“We thought it wouldn’t be fun if we made fun of all the reboots and sequels. So why not make ours as a joke? It just snowballed into something much bigger than we expected,” Corbitt said.
Corbitt, 37, says horror is the easiest genre to create.
“Depending on your imagination, it’s a great excuse to do whatever you want within your means. It’s a great vehicle to play with any ideas you might have,” he said.
Corbitt is multifaceted as a filmmaker, musician and artist.
“Cinema allows you to do everything. That’s how I learned that I wanted to be a musician,” he said.
Corbitt’s target audience is not limited to adults. He can’t wait to publish the children’s books he’s written and turn them into animated films.
“I want to make entertainment for all ages. I don’t want to stop anyone from having fun because I love everything,” Corbitt said.
The screening at the Polk Theater is the public premiere of “Beware! The Hitchhiker.” Corbitt hopes to get the film on Amazon and has been invited to a film festival in Tampa.
The film is rated R for violence, language and nudity. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.polktheatre.org.
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