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What's the (black) matter? Jax filmmaker debuts new feature

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"In the vein of John Waters or Terry Gilliam, Durden Godfrey takes the odd world of his movies to a whole new level with 'BlackMatterTomithy' " (according to the film's Facebook page). Plugged as a very, very, very strange experience, "BlackMatterTomithy" will screen Thursday, January 9, at 7 pm, at the Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park Street, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

Tomithy's vision of everything changes after he's infected with black space goo. This black matter causes him to randomly teleport and encounter some very unconventional people. The film explores these varied interactions on Tomithy's journey to make sense of it all. And, at quest's end, the conclusions drawn leave Tomithy faced with the hardest decision he's ever had to make. With its odd mix of science fiction, dark comedy, and bizarro indie film ponderings, "Tomithy" promises, if nothing else, a unique ride.

Those into the local filmmaking scene in Jacksonville are likely familiar with Durden Godfrey's previous work, which he produced under the name David Petlansky. On "Tomithy," Petlansky again teams up with Chad Hendricks and Josh Townsend. The three previously worked together on "Neck of da Woodz," a redneck nightmare for a group of brothas whose van runs out of gas in the backwoods. Petlansky and Hendricks also collaborated on the psychological thriller "Everything Means Nothing," about an idealistic artist named Spencer. He kidnaps a stranger after he loses his faith in humanity, and kidnapper and captive interact as Spencer struggles with big meaning-of-life questions.

On Tomithy's website, the creators state they "went into this refusing to be restricted by the unspoken guidelines that storytellers are forced to create under when making a movie with the goal of selling it or achieving a distribution deal. From the first keystroke of the script, the only goal was to deliver an original story that makes you laugh, think...and say 'What the F?' " Produced by Hendricks and Townsend and written and directed by Petlansky, "Tomithy" stars Petlansky himself in the title role, along with Hendricks, Townsend, Daniel Miller, Angela Petlansky, Zachary Memos, Wade Gable, Kala Miller, CeeJay Blake, Con Rit, Landon Miller and Jeff Soto.

So, after the excitement of the holidays dies down, experience something different, a cinematic experience that promises to amuse, provoke thought, and break down all the boundaries imposed on other filmmakers striving for commercial success. Tickets purchased before December 25 are offered at an early bird rate of just $3, with tickets purchased after Christmas for $5. Click here to purchase.

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