Alverton grandmother featured in film
Betty Claycomb of Alverton is playing a part in a professionally shot film.
"It's just a bit part," said a blushing Claycomb, 83, regarding her upcoming role in "Bigfoot: The Movie," directed by her grandson, Ellwood City native Jared Show, which is filmed and set in the Lawrence County town.
In the movie, a comedy-horror work for which shooting is scheduled to continue this fall, Claycomb will play a woman who calls an exterminator named Burl, played by Show, to inspect her house for what she suspects to be rat infestation in her attic.
"When I arrive, my character realizes that it's not rats that's the problem; it's Bigfoot," said Show, 31, who currently resides in Huntington Beach, California.
A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Show, who majored in television communications, credits Claycomb with igniting his passion for movie-making.
As a child, Show would spend one week per summer staying with his grandmother, during which time she would read him the contents of the TV Guide and let him stay up late watching movies.
"I remember her letting me watch 'The Omega Man,' starring Charlton Heston and since then I became interested in science-fiction and campy horror movies," he said.
While attending Riverside High School, Show began shooting skits with his friends.
At the college level, he honed his talent by shooting a short film called "The Easy Buck," in which Claycomb made an amateur acting appearance.
"It was about this football kicker who liked to rip off money that ended up at her house," Show said.
The film was eventually picked up for airing by CUTV — California University Television — and has roughly 180,000 viewers.
"People would see her on TV when it aired; I think she's more popular because of it," Show quipped.
After graduating from college, Show headed west and today works as an editor for "In a Garage," a small, freelance film and script editing company.
A few years ago, Show and friends Nathan Magill and Curt Wootton, known for his viral "Pittsburgh Dad" YouTube videos, shot the trailer for the Bigfoot movie in western Pennsylvania.
"I told my grandma about the script, that I had a part for her," Show said.
"I told him we better do it before it's too late," she said with a laugh.
Show said his motivation for filming the movie in western Pennsylvania involves more than just a return to his roots.
"This area is a part of me but, really it's a lot easier there," he said. "Anywhere you want to shoot out here (California), you have to have a permit, and it's expensive."
To view the trailer for "Bigfoot: The Movie" online, go to http://bigfootthemovie.com/ .