South Philly production company to present short film at Cannes Film Festival

A South Philadelphia production company will be showcasing its work on the screens of the Cannes Film Festival in France later this month.


Dead Pixel Cinema, started by Derick Crucius and Ryan Regan, will be representing Philadelphia with a short film titled, “Charley Tucson.” The movie will be premiering at the Cannes Short Film Corner, a portion of the festival with over 2,000 filmmakers from 101 countries who will be showcasing their short films.

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“Charley Tucson” is the first project ofDead Pixel Cinema, a South Philly-based production company Crucius and Regan cofounded last January. The plot is inspired by a childhood story they’d heard over and over again growing up in Dallas.

In brief, the film, which laser-focuses on a man who slowly becomes unhinged as the film progresses, is loosely based on George Banks, a prison guard in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who infamously shot 13 people to death in 1982 — including his own family. That tale prompted Crucius to research other high-profile murderers, including Jared Lee Loughner, who left six people dead and 12 others injured in the 2011 Tucson, Arizona, shooting that also left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords severely injured.