A short independent film shot in Susquehanna County and New York City will have its world premiere in Montrose.

"If The Trees Could Talk" was written and directed by Michael Weinstein, a Queens native.

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Weinstein describes the 25-minute-long feature as a Holocaust-themed film with a supernatural twist. He says it illustrates the pain of war and loss to nations, families and individuals.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Weinstein said he wanted to make a film that was "completely different from any other Holocaust film" people may have seen.

Weinstein said the supernatural aspect presents a "powerful message that mixes fiction with fantasy."

Most of the movie was shot just over a year ago north of Montrose on a 170-acre farm owned by Dr. James Hayes.

Weinstein got in touch with Hayes through a mutual friend and discovered the Susquehanna County property was perfect for the outdoor scenes he wanted for the film.

The local scenes were shot over a four-day period. Other scenes were shot in New York City.

The world premiere of "If The Trees Could Talk" is scheduled for October 25 at 1 p.m. at the Montrose Theater. The theater is located at 18 Public Avenue in Montrose.

There'll be no charge to view the film. After the showing, members of the production's cast and crew will answer questions from the audience.

View select scenes from "If The Trees Could Talk" here.

Weinstein is the founder of Runaway Productions.

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