John Stiritz and his wife, Marette, have spawned — hold it — it’s not what you think.
What it is, is a movie with a forgivable title, Knights of Badassdom.
The Stiritzes are among other producers of the film, and they call this "our little adventure on the silver screen."
John Stiritz had plunked down a few shekels in an investment that he hoped would grow into a big boy — not a blockbuster certainly, but perhaps a tidy little money-maker,
At any rate, the Conway couple traveled to Spokane, Wash. and spent a couple of nights on the set and took part in the filming as a pair of extras.
"We might have wound up, however, on the cutting room floor. You never know. But, hey, that’s show biz for you," Stiritz said.
On the film set, they got to meet and interact with the director, the producer, the cast and crew and had, in his words, "a pleasant adventure, and at our age we cherish any pleasant adventure."
After a long wait, Stiritz said the film is finally released and "We’ve managed to book it in for a one night showing in Little Rock on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX Theater."
The movie is centered on the performances of LARPERS — Live Action Role Players.
An explanation from Stiritz: "They’re the folks that like to dress up in medieval costumes (very fancy and imaginative) and go out and have mock battles with Styrofoam swords and shields and such."
One has to respect Stiritz’ enterprise even as he treads on strange ground.
But the good news is that the movie achieves some forward motion, in its kind of muddled presentation, unscrambling a host of plot lines.
But its luscious visuals give some credibility to what’s going on. And there’s plenty of action.
The Knights of Badassdom follows three best friends and dedicated LARPERS as they take to the woods to reenact Dungeons and Dragons and other mythical middle ages types.
Trouble arises after they run into some serious evil in the form of a blood-busting Succubus.
Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore where make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures cavort and friendship is put to the test.
Stiritz explains that Larpers are frequently a part of a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism.
The Stiritzes rubbed shoulders with the clans recently at Peace Lutheran Church.
Decked out in costumes, they attended classes on medieval cooking - making yogurt and cheese and a class on exotic animal menageries of the Middle Ages - including Charlemagne’s while elephant.
Colorful knights were in action clashing with swords and rapiers and shields - competing valiantly.
"We hope to have some of the Larpers and Creative Anachronists out in costume for the movie event and make it a fun time," Stiritz says.
The film by Joe Lynch, Kevin Dreyfuss and Matt Wall stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, and Peter Dinklage.
Stiritz has had an interest in the movie business, and had roles in movies My Dog Skip, Frank & Jesse, and Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story.
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