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Rocky Mount teen brothers try to outlast COVID in new movie picked up by Amazon Prime

Posted March 12, 2021 1:37 p.m. EST
Updated March 12, 2021 5:53 p.m. EST

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented struggles, it's given others the chance to explore new horizons and helped some young people find a calling.

Thomas Parrish, 16, and his brother Zach, 13, just finished working on a film they shot over the pandemic as an after-school project. It's about trying to live through COVID-19, a concept that resonates with many.

The brothers have entered the film, titled 75° West, into a couple of film festivals and said they got good feedback in return. The idea behind the movie has the boys navigating a post-pandemic world on their own as they explore a new reality where only 5% of the population remains.

Tom and Zach have to walk, run, climb, pack heat and commandeer a pickup to get across a deserted North Carolina. They're trying to reach a certain location - 75° West.

"Basically it's two boys, me and my brother, trying to survive through this pandemic," Thomas said. "We have to get there by a certain date in the movie, and once we get there, we'll be fine."

Thomas not only stars in the film. He wrote it, and directed it.

"We used a lot of family for background characters," he said.

A promotional graphic showcasing the movie carries the tagline "Survival begins when civilization ends."

The film was shot in North Carolina. The movie will be available to stream on Amazon Prime on March 26.

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