ProWerks Media Group's Territory 8 Premieres at VIFF

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Existential thriller set in the not-so-distant future wows audiences at Vegas Indie Film Festival.

ProWerks Media Group, a video and film production company based in Las Vegas but which also provides services all over the U.S., recently premiered their “existential thriller” Territory 8 at the Vegas Indie Film Festival (VIFF). Two additional screenings in Nebraska also took place on May 14 at the Hastings Lead Museum in Hastings, and May 15 in Lincoln. The film’s plot is set in the not-so-distant future and involves an eight-mile quarantine zone in the Nevada desert, known as “Territory 8” and which is also the site of the world’s largest man-made disaster. When a chemical weapon explosion contaminates the area, two temperamental scientists, each with their own objectives, find themselves in the midst of a plan by a company attempting to cover up its sinister plan for human experimentation. The story, according to ProWerks representatives, is meant to shed light on the public’s growing distrust of big industry and its effects on the environment.

Territory 8 stars Michael Tushaus (as “Dr. Eli Dolton”), who has been acting since he was a child, appearing both onstage and on-camera encompassing dozens of performances in film, television, theatre, commercials, webisodes, music videos and more. Notable performances include roles in Boston Public, Miller Lite commercials, Hot & Juicy Crawfish Restaurants commercials, The Will Edwards Show, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar and others. Additonally, the film stars Heung Wong (as “Dr. Tao Xing”), originally hailing from Hong Kong but who relocated to Las Vegas at age 15, boasting such experience as roles in Ek Main Aur Akk Tu, several commercials and a web series called The Unemployed. He also produced and directed Paranormal Chinese Activities, which was accepted into the Portland Film Festival. Other performers in Territory 8 include Stu Chaiken (as “Sean”), Colin Ward (as “Victor”), Justy Hutchins (as “Beth”) and Michael O’Neal (as “Cody”).

Directed by Emmy-nominated and Las Vegas local filmmaker Kelly Schwarze, Territory 8 has garnered quite the buzz within the local community and represents Schwarze’s fifth feature. The film’s screening was held in Las Vegas’ largest movie theater, the 500-plus-seat showcase venue at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue. “VIFF is it,” exclaimed Schwarze about the exciting Territory 8 project. “I didn’t even consider world-premiering Territory 8 anywhere else but this festival. This is my home town and to open here is a dream; I’m proud to be a part of this lineup which is truly making this the Nevada film event of the year.”

ProWerks Media and Digisphere Productions are scouting for a new film production that will be known as Cottonwood. For more information about ProWerks Media, visit For more details about Territory 8, visit

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