Horror film by Wright State grads released on Netflix, DVD

Filmmakers Patrick Steele and Ann Rotolante

"True Nature" was produced by Ann Rotolante (’09) and Patrick Steele (’97).

True Nature, a chilling feature film produced by two Wright State University motion pictures graduates, is now available for streaming on Netflix.

Earlier this year, the film was released on DVD and became available to stream from cable providers and on other major services like iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

True Nature was filmed entirely in the Miami Valley by director Patrick Steele (’97) and producer and editor Ann Rotolante (’09).

True Nature tells the story of Marianne, the daughter of a prominent businessman, who mysteriously disappears for more than a year. When she returns with no memory of where she’s been, she begins to reveal the dark truths behind her family’s privileged lives. Part family drama, part supernatural thriller, the film stars Carolyn McCormick of the Law and Order television franchise and Wright State acting graduate Marianne Porter.

Steele and Rotolante, both advocates of grassroots independent filmmaking in the Dayton area, made the film with the assistance of more than 40 Wright State alumni, professors and students.

Most of the film’s supplies were bought locally, and many of the actors are from the Midwest. The movie was shot at numerous Dayton locations including Kettering Tower, the Schuster Center parking lot and the former Pacchia restaurant in the Oregon District. Dayton businesswoman and local arts patron Beth Duke served as co-producer. Duke also lent her family home, Hook Estate, to the production as the film’s primary set.

True Nature has been an official selection at 40 film festivals in the United States and abroad and has won numerous awards.

The film was featured in the fall issue of the Wright State University Magazine.

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