“I think we sold about 500 tickets,” said Paul Gonzales.
The impressive thing about the ticket sales was that every show started after midnight.
Gonzales, who launched the effort three years ago, said one of the small, 100-seat theaters at the Rio 6 Theater in Beeville sold out quickly Thursday.
So the people at the Rio started looking for another projector so they could open another of the 100-seat auditorium for subsequent nights.
They found a projector but by midafternoon Friday all 200 tickets were sold out again.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, only about 70 of the tickets available for the Saturday showings were left.
Unlike most movies at the Rio, the people with the tickets got to meet cast members, ask questions and buy posters, T-shirts and other memorabilia from the film.
Gonzales told the audience after the movie that he and his friend, B.J. Stiles, have been making films together since junior high school. The early films were not all that good but they improved their product with time.
About 10 people were involved in doing most of the work on the project, Gonzales said. That included the main characters in the film, played by Brandon Maldonado, Keleigh Kremers and Stiles.
Gonzales said two of his role models in making the film were George A. Romero of “Night of the Living Dead” fame and Robert Rodriguez, who has made numerous films over the years, working closely with famed director Quentin Tarantino on some of them.
Gonzales said many people who had seen “SCUM” had compared it to the Rodriguez-Tarantino film “Grindhouse.”
Gonzales proudly announced that the film already had won an award in California.
The feature had received an Award of Merit for creativity and craftsmanship at the Indie Fest film festival in San Diego two weeks earlier.
The director said he wanted to thank the people at Beeville’s Rio 6 for allowing him to use their facilities to show the film.
“And I’d like to thank the town of Beeville for showing support for a guy like me for making a little movie,” Gonzales said.