In 2015 Cindy Maples wrote, directed, produced and stared in her first short film called Random, made locally in Evansville, IN. Random premiered on September 5, 2015 during a very special “Directed by Women” event held at the Davies County Public Library in Owensboro, KY. She submitted to over 45 film festivals across the world and was accepted into 19. To date, Random has won 9 awards, including best short, best actress and a spirit award.
With the success of the film, Maples decided in 2016 to produce, write and direct her second short film, Out of my Mind. Out of my Mind is currently on the festival circuit and has already been accepted into 11 festivals and won Best Horror Short and Best Actress. For Out of my Mind, Maples once again called on the local community of Evansville, IN to help and the community responded big time!
Now in 2017, Maples and her production company, Carriage House Productions, are embarking on their third short film. Maples recently wrote the script to the short film called E-Bowla. A horror/comedy that will take place in a local bowling alley. Maples has already reached out to a local bowling alley, Echo Lanes in Henderson, KY, and secured their location. The owner has welcomed the production company with open arms and is looking forward to having his location immortalized in a movie.
Maples has also been fortunate enough to cast Will Chase in one of her lead roles. Will Chase is best known as country star Luke Wheeler on ABC’s Nashville. Chase is a critically acclaimed, Tony Award nominated actor and singer. He is currently filming HBO’s upcoming drama Sharp Objects and FX’s American Crime Story: Versace. He most recently completed work on Netflix’s Stranger Things and starred in the ABC drama Time After Time. His other television appearances include recurring roles on CBS’s The Good Wife, FX’s Rescue Me, and as Michael Swift on NBC’s Broadway-inspired Smash, as well as appearances on Blue Bloods, White Collar, Pan Am, Royal Pains, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Film credits include Butterflies of Bill Baker (Best Actor-Chain NYC Film Festival), Four Single Fathers, and Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson.
Production is currently scheduled to begin in Henderson on October 28th and will run throughout that weekend. The finished film will be around 10 minutes in length and will be submitted to film festivals all over the world. If you’d like to learn more about E-Bowla and help support the project, check out the crowdfunding campaign here.