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A feature-length “bark” comedy…a farcical romp…
a silly film with a serious message!

Hallberg directs and mans the camera as Nagase holds down the audio mic’ing, in addition to holding cue cards. [credit photographer] Mark Kokkoros

Hallberg directs and mans the camera as Nagase holds down the audio mic’ing, in addition to holding cue cards.
Photo by Mark Kokkoros

Just when you thought the skies were safe…a tricolored invasion!

John Hallberg’s independent “bark” comedy “Attack of the Flying Beagles” stars Jean-Claude Van Damme via green-screen footage along with Rappahannock County, Va., actors who have appeared in RAAC plays (Howard Coon, Brendan Martyn and Dawn Schimke). Other Rappahannock County, Va., actors include Channing Elizabeth, Miguel Day, Devin Sherwood and John Hallberg as “Melvin.” Washington, D.C.-area actors Jessi Robinson, Megan Caulfield and Tina Bagapour-O’Harrow add to the mix of wacky characters. The hour-long film was shot mostly in Rappahannock County, but also in the D.C. metro area.

The plot centers around anti-animal testing, but unpredictably traipses through a fictitious Rappahannock world. Howard Coon plays an evil experimenter determined to maximize profits at an animal testing farm. After a chemical experiment goes awry, several beagles escape and are spotted with new powers of flight! The experimenter must reclaim his assets before the public finds out. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Melvin are mercenaries sent to get the beagles back, one way or another.

Original score by Manabu Nagase. Music by Robot Flipp. Filmed on location in Rappahannock County and Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C. with green-screen segments filmed in Sperryville and Arlington, Va.

A portion of sales from “Attack of the Flying Beagles” will go to the Beagle Freedom Project, which barks in approval of this film’s effort to raise awareness about the use of laboratory test animals.

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