Invite Casey Tebo, an Emmy Award-winning director and filmmaker and Freetown native, over for Thanksgiving dinner. He’d keep everyone around the dinner table entertained under his charming spell.
He’s also a brilliant spinner of yarns who is about to premiere his latest directorial feature Black Friday in about 100 theaters on Friday, November 19 and on Comcast OnDemand on November 23.
“When you’re a filmmaker, your role is to tell stories. Where you were brought up and the things you witnessed back then, all go into defining who you are as a filmmaker,” Tebo said.
He grew up in Freetown with WBSM midday host Chris McCarthy.
“Chris is more like a brother. I remember once, Chris dared me to hit a huge hornets’ nest with a stick, and I did!” he said. “We spent our childhood chasing frogs and hitting hives with sticks.”
Tebo has held on to that zest for life and translates it into his films.
Written by Andy Greskoviak, Tebo found his script for Black Friday and asked, “How could no one not have made this into a movie yet?” He said he reads two to three scripts every week, “And when I read Andy’s script, I went ‘holy cow!’”
The story is about a quite diverse group of people working at the We Love Toys store on the worst day for retail workers, Black Friday. They could never have anticipated that the crazed shoppers would turn into hideous, cut-throat monsters.
The film stars cult movie legend Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa. “Yeah, I really lucked out with this cast,” Tebo said.
What makes a film good? “It’s got to look authentic throughout,” Tebo said. “I have a very dear friend who made the Whitey Bulger movie Black Mass, and I just don’t think a guy from Kansas City can capture Southie and the fact that everyone around there is a character. So I think there’s an authentic representation that’s critical in filmmaking.”
Tebo would like to see Black Friday become a cult-classic, to be added to the list of movies you’ve watched over the holidays for years.
“You’ll love that it’s over the top, and hopefully your family will watch it for Thanksgiving and you make it a tradition, year after year,” he said.
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