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Woman in the Maze film premieres in Chandler Friday, Oct. 6

Woman in the Maze is independent horror film debut of Mitesh Patel
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Local filmmaker and president of the Chandler International Film Festival Mitesh Patel is debuting his new horror thriller film, “Woman in the Maze,” on Friday, Oct. 6, at LOOK Dine-in Cinema, 1 W. Chandler Blvd., in downtown Chandler.

The film will also be premiering in Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa and Atlanta. Following its premiere, the movie will be running at the LOOK theater every day through Thursday, Oct. 12, according to a press release.

“Woman in the Maze” follows Gabriella “Gabbi” Reynolds, a young real estate agent who follows an opportunity to travel to Jerome, Arizona, to scout some properties. While renting a home in the largest ghost town in America, she soon discovers the house is haunted and transforms into an ever-changing maze that traps her inside. Determined to escape alive, Gabby must stay one step ahead and discover why this is happening to her.

Known for her roles in Fast X and Thor: Love and Thunder, Meredith VanCuyk stars as ‘Gabbi’ Reynolds. An actress and model, Ms. VanCuyk is fueled by the creativity of the acting world and has worked on several notable projects such as Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s Amazon Prime Series Making the Cut and the Fox pilot for the hit Korean show “I Can See Your Voice.”

Her most recent project, “Rebel Moon,” will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Dec. 22.

Ms. VanCuyk is joined by British American stage and screen actor Joey Heyworth and European actor, standup comedian, writer and producer Sean Dillingham. Mr. Heyworth has starred in the numerous films including “Landlord from Hell,” “Wild West Chronicles” and “The Other Side of Infinity.” Mr. Dillingham has acted in over 70 films, over 150 commercials and 25 television series such as “Rust,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Night Train” and “Falling for Christmas.”

photo of the cast of Woman in the Maze
Woman in the Maze film premieres in Chandler Friday, Oct. 6

The entirety of “Woman in the Maze” is filmed in the state of Arizona.

Alongside Ms. VanCuyk, Mr. Heyworth and Mr. Dillingham, the full cast of the movie is comprised of local Arizona actors and actresses including George Nelson, Brenda Jean Folley, Cortney Davis, Missy Jane and Elley Ringo. The movie also features the song “Bad News” as its opening track, written and performed by local band Black Moods.

“We are thrilled to announce the premiere of ‘Woman in the Maze’ in Arizona, the place that inspired this film,” Mr. Patel said. “This project is rooted so deeply in Arizona with the storyline in Jerome, the opening song, filming in Prescott and Chandler and all the amazing local actors we were able to bring in. We wanted this film to mirror the world changing around us and we are so proud to be able to share a small piece of Arizona with the world.”

Mr. Patel has over 15 years of experience in the film industry and has premiered numerous films including “Instant Karma” and “House of Quarantine.” Recently, he produced and directed “Fortis Femina,” which will be released in 2024.

As storywriter, producer and director, “Woman in the Maze” is Mr. Patel’s biggest film to date and has seen success with entries into over 25 national and international film festivals. Following its theatrical release, the movie will be released on digital platforms including cable, satellite and all major streaming services in 85 countries beginning in October.

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