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Life Happens: New science fiction thriller set in Western New York

BE AFRAID — Pictured is “The Nemesis,” who was played by local actor Rich Winiatowski.
HAMBURG — Western New York’s award-winning independent film studio, DefTone Pictures Studios Inc., has been very busy this year, filming its epic science fiction thriller.

The movie, titled “Ombis: Alien Invasion,” was filmed locally, including Boston, Colden and Springville. In fact, the Boston-Colden area was the chosen filming site for the deadly meteor that crashes to earth, in the movie, bringing the deadly virus Ombis to innocent inhabitants of the fictional town of Metzburg.

The film stars local actors Richard Satterwhite, Jason John Beebe, Sara Manzella, Kathy Murphy, Alexander McBryde and Michael Sciabarrasi. The movie also includes hundreds of local people, as extras. It was directed by Adam Steigert.

Metzburgh, a quiet village and former industrial town, used to be a prosperous and happy place in which to live. With the demise of the grain factories, its glory days are long gone.

The film follows Mark Lowe, played by Beebe, and his ex-girlfriend, Lucy Greenheart, played by Sara Manzella. They are deep in the throes of a lovers’ quarrel, when a meteor suddenly crashes in the woods, outside of town.

Unable to stop the plague-like substance that the meteorite carries, the townsfolk begin to succumb, one by one, to the virulent viral slime. I play Dr. D., the first person to die.

The damage takes its toll, as the community fights for its survival. The humans are no match for the virus, which begins to mutate the victims into frightening alien forms. Things quickly go from horrible to horrifying, as the survivors realize that another force is at work, in the form of the alien mercenary known only as “The Nemesis.”

The Nemesis will stop at nothing, to eradicate the virus, with no regard to sparing human life. In this terrible struggle for survival, who will ultimately win? Who will be spared?

DefTone Pictures will be holding three screenings of “Ombis: Alien Invasion” at the Palace Theater in Hamburg. Showings will take place on May 18 at 2 p.m. and May 19 at 12:01 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Palace Theater is located at 31 Buffalo St. in Hamburg. Each screening will include a follow-up question and answer session with Anthony Cresta of The running time for the film is 84 minutes.

A DVD release is scheduled for this summer. Tickets for the viewings may be purchased at and Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

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