Day: September 15, 2016

Located in the Brady commons at MSMU Chalon, Los Angeles, the visitor’s dining room is under consideration by “The Black String” production team on Wednesday, Sep 8, 2016. It may be the “conference room where [the characters] will be meeting with the family and doctors” at a mental institution, co-producer Charles Bunce said. (Photo by Ava Graciela Rutter)

MSMU’s new psychological thriller in the works: A throwback to suburban horror

Written by Ava Graciela Rutter, Staff Writer On a Wednesday afternoon at the Chalon campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University, confusion marked the expressions of those at the student lounge. Even students intent on studying stole glances at the confident crew of six who were inexplicably taking photos of the room and posing with the video games and doorway. The group was assessing the lounge – not for maintenance or remodeling, it turns out, but for scenes in an upcoming thriller. The feature film, “The Black String,” is a psychological thriller written by Brian Hanson and Richard Handley for their MFA thesis in Film and Television at the Mount. The plot, as co-producer Charles Bunce describes, centers on a man in his 20s who has “a one-night stand with a mysterious woman. Then crazy stuff ends up happening to him, and he’s not sure if it’s really happening or if it’s all in his head.” Screenwriter-director Hanson reveals that the concept is rooted in an organic source of fear, “a collection of nightmares that I had,” he …