BANGOR — For the first time, a number of film adaptations of Stephen King’s short stories will be seen worldwide.
Stephen King’s Dollar Baby Program has allowed hundreds of filmmakers to lease short stories which have yet to be filmed.
James Douglas and Norm Coyne both producers and partners of Barker Street Cinema created “The Doctor’s Case” film, a Sherlock Homes mystery written by King, years ago. The film has spread to several film festivals and won 15 awards.
Former Millinocket resident Lisa Hinds reached out to ABC 7 Fox 22 to talk about her experience filming the movie-length feature film and the exciting Stephen King Rules film festival starting Friday.
“Stephen King has been so generous already let’s hail mary and see if he will actually allow us to host a film festival,” Coyne said,
Nonetheless, King said yes. It’s the first of its kind holding up to 25 different filmmakers from around the world who’ve created their own adaptation to Stephen King’s short stories.
King has let filmmakers do this since the 1970s. Coyne and Douglas wanted to make something special during the pandemic and knew their filmmaking friends were probably feeling the weight of COVID-19 and the isolation it’s put on many of us.
James Douglas said none of this would have been possible if Coyne hadn’t asked King.
Coyne issued a press release and it was later picked up by Canadian website Comic Book Resources.
“From that point forward Mashable picked it up, Nerdist picked it up, we just started to get this steamroll of attention which spread out into the Twitterverse. Stephen King saw that retweeted it then tweeted about the festival three times the next day to his 6.5 million followers,” Douglas said.
The Dollar Baby Program list of short stories can be found right here.
Actress Hinds said, “it filmed at Craigdarroch castle a museum, we were filming overnight and the costumes were incredible.”
These films can only come to life when someone gets permission from King’s Dollar Baby Program, at 1 dollar a producer, writer, or director can begin their adaptation.
The film festival starts Friday, April 23, and will run until Sunday, April 25 only at Barker Street Cinema’s website.