Local filmmaker debuts movie at Martin Theater

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

When she and her mother watched the first cut of the film, all of her hard work had suddenly paid off.

Raines said her first thoughts were simply, “Wow, I can’t believe I did this.”

A writer since the age of two, Raines credits her former high school English teacher, Pat Lowry, for her guidance in how to write a film script. Raines had focused on novels and poetry but quickly found a love for writing movies.

Already considering her next projects, Raines has written her next film, a psychological thriller dealing with concepts of spirituality and narcissism, but wants to keep her focus for now on promoting Tumbling. She plans to submit the film to festivals to gain more exposure and would like to host additional premieres around Florida and surrounding states.

When asked about the overall experience of creating a film from the ground up, Raines said, “It was a lot of work.”

The filmmaker attributes her success to the support of her family, friends and teachers.

Raines hopes that she can inspire other future writers and directors from Gulf County to pursue their passions.

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