2016-11-05 / The Bullhorn

RCS alumni in feature film

ByDelaney Sullivan
BullhornĀ Editor


RCS alumni Amaris Kirby and Wesley Elder pose on the red carpet in Hollywood at the premiere of The Matchbreaker. RCS alumni Amaris Kirby and Wesley Elder pose on the red carpet in Hollywood at the premiere of The Matchbreaker. Roxboro Community School (RCS) class of 2010 alumni Wesley Elder and Amaris Kirby star in the independent film, The Matchbreaker.

Elder has been pursuing a career in film for several years, starting when he was 21 in 2013.

“I got into acting when I studied abroad in Argentina from 2010 to 2011. I was part of a drama group down there and had never done acting before,” Elder said, “and that piqued my interest. When I came back, I realized that’s what I wanted to do.”

Elder has acted in and produced several independent films in North Carolina, Virginia and Kansas. During this time, Elder met other people in the film industry, including Caleb and Cory Vetter of Vetter Brothers Filmworks.

“I met the Vetter Brothers on my very first film in 2013. Soon after, we started talking about making this movie. Now we’re roommates and have plans for many more,” said Elder.

The cast of The Matchbreaker consists of YouTube celebrities including Olan Rogers, Tessa Violet and Shawna Howsen and traditional actors Osric Chau, Ben Davies and Torry Martin, and Christina Grimmie, a finalist on season six of the NBC show, The Voice.

Elder talked about working with Grimmie.

“Christina was awesome to work with. Even though she was popular, she was very down to Earth. She never complained and was enthusiastic the entire time during the film. She called it an “oasis” from her normal life.”

Elder added, “I miss her a ton.”

The movie took three years to make, and was filmed in Kansas City, Missouri.

In The Matchbreaker, Elder plays the lead male role, Ethan, and he was also the producer.

Fellow RCS alum Kirby was the script supervisor and played a supporting character. Another RCS alumnus, Savannah Elder, class of 2016, worked on the set as well.

“It was neat to see Wesley and Amaris, kids from a little old Roxboro, walk the red carpet at a premiere on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood,” said Cassandra Elder, Wesley’s and Savannah’s mom.

The movie will be shown nationally Nov. 2-9, in select large markets. The movie is also available on iTunes.

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