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New webseries coming from local filmmakers

Tyler Amm’s work usually graces the large theater screens in the area when they’re released, but his latest production will be available to anyone with an internet connection.

Hometown Hero, Amm’s production crew, is following up last year’s feature film “Butcher the Bakers” with a six-episode web series to be available on YouTube.

“The Benevolent Buckley Show” airs its first episode on Monday and while the show is a web series, it’ll look like a public access television show.

The idea originated as the group wanted to make something while they worked on their next feature film and knew Joe Buckley would make the perfect star.

“Joe (Buckley) was the breakout star from 'Butcher.' He’s awkward and weird and we thought it would be funny if he hosted a talk show,” Amm said.

The six-episode series will follow Buckley hosting his own show that will feel familiar to fans of late- night horror movie shows, such as “Svengoolie,” with touches of traditional talk shows. The overarching story will find Buckley struggling to run his own talk show despite the help of his cast, crew and bandleader.

“It’s modeled after a traditional talk show,” Amm said. “There’s segments, guest spots, but there’s that gothic appeal to it.”

The show also will feature a fair amount of improvisation, which is relatively new for Amm. He said that part of the appeal of the show was to showcase the “pure unfiltered Joe” that appeals to Buckley’s podcast audience.

Guests were invited to appear on the show and they were given little information about what was being filmed. Only one guest speaker is an actor while the rest are guests such as musician Kevin Kramer and Peggy Clydesdale, owner of White Trash Gallery in La Salle. They spoke with Buckley while he was in character and did not know prior to taping where the conversation would take them.

Amm’s favorite segment is the “Potion of the Day” where Joe is subjected to drinking an odd concoction in a flask that was designed to taste as awful as possible. His genuine reactions were filmed live and incorporated into the show.

Still, scripts were needed to connect the improvised scenes and further the overall story of Buckley running a public access television show while getting irritable and battling with the crew and management.

“I still got to put my charm in there and put the stuff in I know Joe can be funny at,” Amm said.

The episodes are “less crass” when compared to Amm’s previous works, due to foul language being bleeped and inappropriate content being blurred similar to an actual television show, but he said it’s still not considered family-friendly by any means.

The six episodes will air every Monday and if the public shows an interest in the series then the crew is open to revisiting it.

“We hope to do multiple seasons,” Amm said. “We really want to follow through on what we planned.”

For the series' trailer and future episodes, you can subscribe to their YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/TheBenevolentBuckleyShow.

Future work and 'Butcher the Bakers' arrives on DVD

The series was filmed over a weekend, just 36 hours by Amm’s estimates, while the crew waited to get started on their next feature film.

The script is currently being rewritten, but Amm teased the team is aiming for a larger film than they’ve done in the past that would come with a larger budget.

The films have never raked in a large profit for Amm and his crew, but word of their work has slowly been getting out to communities outside of Starved Rock Country.

Dark Cuts, a distribution wing for the production company Petri Entertainment, acquired the distribution rights for Hometown Hero productions, including the company's latest film "Butcher the Bakers."

Now the team’s previous release will be accessible to anyone with an internet connection as the film will be released on a number of digital distribution services including Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox and more on Tuesday, Jan 16.

As for their next big project, Amm remains tight-lipped.

“It’s separate from all the other films we’ve made,” Amm said. “But we’re still dead set on shooting it here.”

For more information on the crew, follow them on Facebook at fb.com/HometownHeroFilm.

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