Coming soon to a video store near you: Norco native’s film ‘In Purgatory’

July 19, 2007 at 10:02 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Norco native David Kirtland has completed his first feature length film, 'In Purgatory'
Photo provided by Gray Door Films
Norco native David Kirtland has completed his first feature length film, 'In Purgatory'
After two years of production and filmaking, David Kirtland, a Norco resident has completed his first feature length movie for Gray Door Films, called In Purgatory, scheduled to premiere on DVD in August.

St. Charles Parish residents Jennifer Westmoreland of Luling and Jeremy Deibel of Norco, wrote the script and Kirtland brought it to life, using a cast of local actors and actresses, sound, set and production staff.

“The script was written a year and a half ago, and we completed the movie in late June,” Kirtand told the Herald-Guide.

Kirtland said the movie is about a person who is trapped in purgatory seeking vengeance against those who killed him.

“The film is 36 minutes long and can be purchased on our website,” he continued.

“I own Gray Door films, and I’m also the director of the movie,” he said.

“This is not my first movie or directing debut, I’ve been in the business for six years.”

“The character does have an opportunity for redemption if he can let go of his past,” he continued.

The cast members include actors Hunter McGregor of Metairie who plays the character Seamus, Kevin Songy of Metairie who plays Leo Johnson and Jennifer Carriere of Metairie who stars as Lila.

“I’ve done theater acting for the past few years. This is my first time filming a movie,” McGregor told the Herald-Guide.

“In theater acting, you act for the last person in the last seat of the theater, you really have to be dramatic to hold the audiences attention,” he continued.

“In film acting, the camera reads the expression on your face, and people see what you don’t say.”

Kirtland used local locations to shoot the movie.

“The majority of the movie was shot on location at SAIA’s lounge in Destrehan on River Road,” he said.

“And all of our outdoor scenes were shot in St. Charles Parish,” he continued.

Written by Staff Reporter Shonna Riggs. Email her at

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