A movie that was partly filmed in the Los Banos and Dos Palos areas is set to premiere at Pacheco High School.
“Return to Nowhere” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Pacheco High’s performing arts building, 900 Ward Road.
Local cinematographer Ferguson Sauve-Rogan, is the feature film’s director. “Return to Nowhere” is described as a timeless coming-of-age story where the prodigal son returns home.
According to the film’s website, Miles leaves small-town life in Los Banos immediately after high school. Nine years later, he returns to attend his father’s funeral and finds the family farm in shambles, his childhood friend trapped in an abusive relationship and the memory of his father haunting him. Feeling a sense of responsibility for abandoning his past, Miles must get over his animosity toward the town if he wants to make a difference. Meanwhile, his corporate job depends on his immediate return to Seattle. Sauve-Rogan is a 2006 Los Banos High School graduate.
Pacheco High School Junior-class student Henry Flores, 16, said he is looking forward to seeing the film. Flores was in the ninth-grade when he played an extra in the film. He is involved in theater production at Pacheco High School and promotes the film.
“Well, I actually heard about (the film) from my drama teacher, Gary Bettencourt, who plays the priest at the funeral in the film,” Flores said. “He asked a group of us to be in the film as extras. So a couple of my friends, as well as myself, are briefly in the film.”
Flores is Pacheco High’s drama club president and feels inspired by Sauve-Rogan’s film.
“I am most excited about seeing all the locations from my hometown which were used as the backdrop for the film,” he said, “and to see the amazing film that Ferguson has made. He’s a great talent.”
Scenes in the film show a number of Los Banos locations, including a scene shot inside Eddies Famous Café. Flores believes the film will help open the eyes of some in Los Banos to their artistic potential.
“It inspires many people who love the entertainment industry, like myself, that they can be successful even in a small town like this one if they are determined and have a desire for the art form,” he said.
Sauve-Rogan was a student of theater instructor Bettencourt, who worked at Los Banos High at the time. Bettencourt said the Pacheco Thespian Society decided to sponsor the premiere because many students were involved as extras in the film and helped behind the scenes.
“The film premiere will mean a lot to our students in the district as an example of what local students can do,” Bettencourt said. “It’s easy to tell students that they can accomplish this type of project, but it really hits home when a recent graduate has accomplished it. It makes it much more attainable. Pacheco’s Digital Media department is planning to release its own film in May.”
To purchase tickets, call (209) 827-0324. Admission is $10.