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Filmmaker's feature goes online

Buffalo-area filmmaker Kris Hulbert and his Atlanta-based partner, Randy Kent, are set to premiere their first feature-length movie collaboration, a horror film called "The Perfect House," on Saturday using the social networking website Facebook.

In advance of the website premiere of the film, the pair have been on a 30-day, multiple-city promotional tour that will culminate in an advance screening of the movie at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the SP@CE 224 gallery, 224 Allen St.

"This is the first film ever to premiere on Facebook," said Hulbert, a North Tonawanda native, in a phone interview this week from California.

"If it proves to be successful, it will give independent filmmakers better leverage with [film] distribution companies and provide them with an opportunity to control the pipeline from creation to distribution," Hulbert added.

The new film distribution platform, called FlickLaunch, will allow the filmmakers to offer their movie to viewers on Facebook in minutes, instead of days or months, as is the case for other Internet platforms.

"It will cost $5 per view," Hulbert said. "Part of the fees will go to Facebook and part will go to us. This is just the initial rollout of the film After it's been on Facebook, that's when the traditional forms of distribution take place."

The film tells the story of a newlywed couple who are given a tour of what they think is their dream house. Then the grim horrors of the home's history are revealed in three vignettes that pay homage to the horror filmmaking styles of the 1960s, 1980s and present day.

Much of the film was shot in the home of Hulbert's grandfather in Cheektowaga with a largely local cast and crew.