Filmmakers: Four-State Region Place to Shine

- HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Coming off of Oscar Sunday, it's true, we may not be in sunny California and we're far from the bright lights of Hollywood. But there are people who live right here in the four-state region who believe this is the next best thing for lights, camera, action.

Blaise's Sitchet, a native of Cameroon, came from Africa to the United States in search of the American Dream. He said he was inspired by his favorite film makers and movies to make actually his own.

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"Anthony Hopkins impressed me a lot. I think he's the best for maybe ten centuries. I don't think somebody will match him. So he did impress me a lot when I watched some of his movies. I said, I want to be like this man," Blaise said.

An artist and musician, he started with soundtracks. But he quickly realized he needed to be making films, like one he's got in the works to start casting here.

"I was at the very bottom, and I was at the very top. And I have a story to tell. I have many stories to tell here," he said.

Blaise is determined to live his American dream and go to the Hollywood hills.

But for others, like Koran Dunbar, the dream stays right here in Greencastle.

Koran started off in comedy. He said he didn't think he could actually make anything of his dream of making films, being an actor and an artist. He wrote several scripts that didn't go anywhere before one of his friends read Greencastle, and liked it.

"I'm going to take a risk, and I'm going to invest a lot of my time and a lot of other people's time and money into this creation. And it was probably one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my entire life is to actually take that step," Koran said.

And his next move is to fall down, then pick himself back up, part of his theory on finding success.

"So the only way you can get better at something is basically going out there and trying it. And realizing that amongst the adversity you have to have this idea, it's only an idea, and everyone has an idea but actually putting it into motion, and actually going through with it is a whole other ball game. And that's what we're doing is just a lot of ideas and just being fearless," he said.

But for both men, the four-state region is better than anything LA could provide. There are good people, beautiful settings and stories to tell here, which they do, and will continue to do, through the lens.

Blaise has a film in post production and is looking to debut it at the Maryland Theater.

Koran is also working on a short film called the Ephesian, which he said is an outlet for experimentation, and another connection from Hollywood to the four-state area. 

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