Watery Inspiration Results in Festival Pick

Euless-born filmmaker Geoff McGee says he got the idea for NEAL–a new horror-comedy short about aNeal and friends IMG_0705 swimming-pool cleaning machine that attacks a couple during a romantic swim–when he was swimming in a Dallas pool and a vacuum-cleaning device suddenly wrapped itself around his legs. “I thought, ‘That thing could kill you!’ ” says McGee, a film student at UT Arlington.

The result of his brainstorm will have its second local showing tonight at 10:30 at the Angelika Plano as part of the Dallas International Film Festival. The flick was also selected to be shown at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival last month.

The 25-year-old McGee (pictured at far left with Neal himself, NEAL‘s producer/co-writer Robby Graham and star Teresa Valenza on the DIFF red carpet, in photo by Jeanne Prejean) not only dreamed up but also co-wrote, directed and edited the short, much of which was filmed underwater. Neal, who declined to give interviews, reportedly was really angry that he was asked to do the red carpet at all and smashed a mirror in the honeywagon.

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