Walker Haynes says audiences will find the film "Hamlet's Ghost" a lot of fun.
That's especially the case for people in Columbus because portions of it were filmed here and several residents play small roles.
Haynes is the writer, director and star of the movie he calls a time travel, science-fiction story.
"It is a family-friendly film that examines the possibility of parallel existence," he said.
In 2012, Haynes shot some scenes on Broadway, by the Chattahoochee River, and also in the Springer Opera House. He also did some filming on land in Seale, Ala.
Much of the film was shot in other parts of Georgia and in Los Angeles.
There will be a special showing of the film at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Carmike 15. Haynes and other crew members will be on hand for a question and answer session following the presentation.
Scooter MacMillan, director of marketing for the Springer, plays a theatre manager in the film.
"It was a blast doing it," he said. "None of us knew what the whole story was, so I am looking forward to seeing it."
Hayes said he enjoyed filming at the Springer because of its history and the richness in the way it looks.
The film was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and, while it was not an official selection, "Hamlet's Ghost" was granted a world premiere screening there.
"The reviews were very good, a great response," Haynes said.
Haynes is a native of Atlanta, but familiarity with this area gave him the idea to use this locale for some scenes. He spent about a year here after college in 1998, living with his mother, Markie Robinson Haynes, then a resident,
Haynes said his grandfather, Henry Benjamin Robinson, served on the advisory board of Columbus Bank & Trust and was general manager of the Columbus division of West Point Pepperell.
After his short time here, he took off to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
In 2001, he spent the summer at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He said being there continued to feed his interest in Shakespeare and classical theater.
"I love the power of language in Shakespeare's plays," Haynes said.
In "Hamlet's Ghost," a current-day Shakespearean actor, played by Haynes, begins having hallucinations while playing Hamlet. He travels back in time to solve a mystery.
Walker has worked as an actor and as a stuntman in several film and TV productions, including "CSI: NY."
He co-wrote and produced a Western film in which he had the lead role, "Gunfight at La Mesa." It was purchased by LionsGate Entertainment and is now available on DVD.
Haynes laughed and said by producing films he can guarantee himself acting jobs.
While he has worn several hats in the film business, he said, "my passion is acting."