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Published June 4, 2008 at 11:46 a.m.

Nowadays, anyone with a camera and a Mac can make a "movie," but ambitious indie filmmakers still need to stump for cash or make ingenious use of available resources. Frank O'Neil chose the second option for his film Work a Double, which will premiere on Thursday, June 5, at noon and 9 p.m. on Champlain Valley educational access channel RETN. According to its log-line, the film is set in a "restaurant where both staff and customers jockey for advantage as fate is spotted coming down the road." Locals will recognize locations such as Winooski's Monkey House and St. Albans restaurant Chow! Bella.

A "making of" documentary follows the movie, which O'Neil calls a "low-to-no indie film [combined] with an educational experience." The RETN freelancer arranged with the studio to use its production equipment in exchange for getting the community involved by "giv[ing] high school and college students interested in film a real-world dose of filmmaking," he says. Next stop: the festival circuit.