::Ex-Cary Resident Making Two Movies
By Richard Saunders, The Raleigh Chronicle
Friday, August 24, 2007
CARY - A former resident of Cary is making it big in Hollywood and is also filming a documentary right here in North Carolina.
Former Cary resident Allan Smith left for Hollywood two years ago. Smith said that this week, his production company DreamQuest Productions has just finished helping to create a 1953 remake of "Dark Venture,", which originally starred magician and actor John Calvert along with Ann Cornell and John Carradine.
The film, which is now titled "Curse of the Elephants Graveyard" sat in a vault in Hollywood for over 40 years before John Calvert resurrected the film, said Smith.
"John wrote in new production elements and called his old co-star Ann Cornell," said Smith. "She loved the idea and they tapped David Carradine to do a cameo for his father, the late John Carradine."
David Carradine is well-known for his many TV and movie roles throughout several decades.
"As you could imagine the film needed some work after sitting in the vault for so long and fortunately we were able to give it our magic," said Smith, who said that his company was able to add to the film through digital color correction and visual effects enhancements.
"We were really honored to be a part of this film as this is a piece of Hollywood history," added Smith.
Filming On NC Coast
Smith says he is also filming a unique documentary on the North Carolina coast.
"I am currently in NC working on the film "Rescue Men" about the story of the Pea Island Lifesaver's," said Smith. "This is the story about a group of African American men in 1878 that were recruited to work the live saving station located at Pea Island, NC rescuing stranded seamen."
Smith said the story is inspirational film about a life-saving crew that battled the elements to save stranded passengers and sailors in North Carolina waters.
With few resources, the African-American leader of the life-saving group made the Pea Island rescue team one of the nation's best in saving stranded sailors in the area known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" since so many ships went down off the coast of North Carolina
"For twenty years the keeper Richard Etheridge ran what was widely recognized as one of the best lifesaving services in the nation," said Smith.
The Pea Island rescue group was in existence until 1947 and throughout that time was primarily staffed by African-American men who gained a reputation for putting their own lives at risk to save their fellow men from the storms and high seas of the Atlantic.
To recognize their gallantry, the US Coast Guard has a special medal named after the Pea Island rescue team. ::