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Penn State Professor-Made Film ‘Spooky Action’ To Premiere February 10

Penn State film professors Rod Bingaman and Maura Shea will debut their new film “Spooky Action” in a free screening on Friday, February 10, at the State Theatre. The showing will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Spooky Action,” a comedy-mystery hybrid, follows a 1990s NASA scientist who is kidnapped by time travelers in an attempt to steal his anti-aging research. While the scientist remains missing, his wife becomes the primary suspect in the case.

“A two-year project kind of turned into a four-year one,” Bingaman said in a release. “It’s ironic that a film about time became such a lesson in its capriciousness.”

The new film is the fifth that Bingaman and Shea have made together. The husband and wife duo, dubbed “Ma & Pa Pictures,” began shooting “Spooky Action” in July 2019 before being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic for two years.

All filming locations were based around Centre County, and multiple Penn State faculty and alumni were attached to the production.

“This was a joint effort by faculty, alumni and students of the Bellisario College of Communications, not to mention the community at large,” Shea said. “We wanted to give everyone who contributed the chance to see it with their family and friends before we take the next step.”

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