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Independent film “Drama Class” premieres tomorrow

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Poster for the film "Drama Class"

“Drama Class”, an independent film featuring several Grand Rapids Community College students, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 14, at Celebration Cinema South.

The film is the creation of Derek Niemchick, 27, graduate of Grand Valley State University, and former GRCC student, and Caleb Jenkins, 21, senior at Aquinas College. Their production company is called Vigorous Fizz Pictures.

Writers/Directors/Producers Caleb Jenkins and Derek Niemchick
Writers/Directors/Producers Caleb Jenkins and Derek Niemchick Matthew Smith | The Collegiate Live

This is the duo’s third feature film. The latest film is different from the first two as this is the first film they’ve made that wasn’t filmed on an iPad.

GRCC students Lucas Story, Mattie Thompson, Joshua Workman, Jo Goldwater and Jesse Shira appear in the film.

Actor and GRCC student Jesse Shira.
Actor and GRCC student Jesse Shira. Matthew Smith | The Collegiate Live

This film’s plot centers around a group of drama class students who must reclaim their school from a Yakuza gang that has taken over due to a rivalry among travel agencies.

While the film doesn’t have an official rating, the creators recommend the film for teens and above.

“There’s some language and just some suggestive ‘80s humor,” Niemchick said.

The film premier is atr 7:30 p.m.Friday, Oct. 14, and will be screened through next Thursday. Tickets are $8.50 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Food Basket, a non-profit that provides sacked dinners to public school students.

“If you and someone else go to see the movie, you are providing three meals for kids,” Niemchick said.
“We wanted to give back to the community because this really is a community project,” Jenkins said. “We had local artists involved, musicians, actors, and the cinematographer, and it was all shot locally.”