By Shereen Siewert
RIB MOUNTAIN — Overcast, a feature film shot in the Wausau area that features a number of local residents and familiar settings, will be unveiled Saturday at a special screening in Rib Mountain, according to the filmmakers.
Three Wausau natives, Benjamin Zimbric, Jason Woller, and Debra Parkin Woller are key players in the film. Zimbric, a 1998 graduate of Wausau West High School co-produced the film, which was shot about two years ago.
The story line of Overcast revolves around two friends who journey to a small town to confront a rapist. Zimbric said the film aims to start a conversation about sexual violence.
“This film is an expression on how these crimes have affected my friends and family over the years,” Zimbric wrote, in an email to Wausau Pilot and Review.
“I wanted to tell the larger story of these horrific events but could not imagine the feelings and thoughts victims of sexual violence go through. So I told my story. The story of an observer, helpless but raging at what he sees happening to his loved ones, powerless to stop it and unable to avenge the horror.”
“I hope others will see this film and tell their stories, from their eyes, from the perspectives I don’t know and hope no one else ever has to live through.”
Doors open for the screening at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Mountain Edge Restaurant, 2901 Hummingbird Road. The restaurant is inside the Quality Inn. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with the director and cast.