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Local Hero

Will Newton is a seventeen year old living in boring town Massachusetts. He’s a paperboy turned magazine subscription salesman and a cashier at the local drug store. He’s stuck working two jobs to help support his family, but all he wants to do is be a kid like everyone else his age.

  • Payton Perkins
  • Payton Perkins
  • Adapted from the short story "A&P" by John Updike
  • Nick Bosworth
  • Daniel Byrd
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • UCA Film Festival
    United States
    April 26, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Audience Choice Award
  • Made in Arkansas Film Festival
    Little Rock
    United States
    May 17, 2019
    Comedy Block Audience Choice Award
Director Biography - Payton Perkins

Payton Perkins is a filmmaker from Bentonville, Arkansas. She is a Senior at The University of Central Arkansas, majoring in Filmmaking. Her love for film started at a very young age and continues to grow with every project that comes her way. She has a passion for producing and 1st assistant directing and has primarily devoted her time to both - Making Local Hero her directing debut. Post graduation she will be moving to Los Angeles to further her career in the film industry.

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Director Statement

With this film, I wanted to tell a story that was honest. Build a character and a world that I could relate to, and everyone that watches it.
When I read John Updike’s short story A & P I knew I had found that.
As I developed Will’s story more, I fell deeper and deeper in love with it. There are pieces of me in so many elements of this story. I’m so extremely proud of this project. I’m so proud of all the hard work that was put into it and myself for choosing to direct this film. Local Hero will always hold a special place in my heart and I thank everyone for all they did to make it happen.