Arts Academy student stars in locally-produced film

Arts Academy senior Luke Klein starred alongside Gary Busey in a feature-length satirical comedy filmed in northern Michigan.

The film, titled Camp Manna, will premiere at the State Theatre in Traverse City on May 1. The film began production in August of 2015, with Klein, a Suttons Bay native, cast as main character Ian Fletcher.

Camp Manna tells the story of Australian teen Ian Fletcher (Klein) who is sent to live with his American godparents after the death of his parents. Fletcher’s well-meaning godparents send him to a Christian summer camp, where Fletcher, an atheist, is suddenly immersed in Christian culture through a Biblical-themed, Olympics-inspired competition.

The comedy was produced by Grand Rapids-based independent film company Gorilla and filmed at YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha in Traverse City.

The film screening and premiere on May 1 will begin at 8:15 p.m. and will feature appearances by the cast and crew. Attendees who pre-purchase the film will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Tickets are free and are available from the State Theatre’s box office.