Cop Carthe thriller film starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Colorado Springs native Jon Watts, will be released Friday, Aug. 14. A special screening featuring a panel Q&A with Watts will take place at Kimball’s Peak Three Theater with a pre-event reception at The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel.

Watts always had a dream of shooting in his hometown, according to a news release by Chelsy Offutt of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. Watts realized his dream last summer while filming in nearby Fountain and on local studio green screens. The original screenplay was written by Watts and Christopher Ford. Notable cast members in addition to Bacon include James Freedson-Jackson, Camryn Manheim, Shea Whigham and Hays Wellford.

In the production, a pair of 10-year-old boys find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, the small-town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse, and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.

A limited number of tickets to the reception and screening are available to the public for $25 each. For more information, or to purchase, click here.

Event sponsors include: Colorado Springs Film Commission, Colorado Office of Film Television and Media, Monster Makeup FX, Entertainment Marketing Communications, The Mining Exchange Hotel, Suavecito Tequila, Gigi’s Cupcakes with additional support from Emiliano Acevedo Videographer and Eva Marie Stasiak with Imagine A Moment Photography.

Cop Car will also be released On Demand and on iTunes Aug. 14. More film details can be found on IMDB. Watch for additional details on the upcoming film Spider-Man Reboot (2017), also directed by Watts starring Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei.

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The Colorado Springs Film Commission, run through the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, creates exposure and economic opportunities for Colorado Springs and the region by bringing more film, video and photography projects to the destination. The Film Commission’s main purpose is to act as a liaison for people, places and permits.