For the last year, Niki Koss has been making Corsicana her cinematic home.
The Los Angeles-born and raised actress/director/producer fell in love with Corsicana during her filming of Warning Shot, the Dustin Fairbanks directed film that made use of several downtown and local home locations.
During the film's production, Koss worked with Corsicana's Chief of Police, Robert Johnson, who has been instrumental in bringing various film projects to the area for the last few years, making Corsicana a new "go to" hotspot for upcoming movies and television shows.
The collaborations between these two producers have been so positive that Koss is presenting an advanced screening premiere of her recent film, Burying Yasmeen at Schulman's Movie Bowl Grille on Tuesday, July 16.
While Burying Yasmeen was not shot on location in Corsicana, Koss' love of the community prompted her to share this project locally, as she has been working on several productions in town this year, including filming for Innocent Good-Bye over the summer, and filming her directorial debut, Margo and Morty, this fall.
Burying Yasmeen has been an labor of love, having spent four years developing and writing the film with director Phillip Clark Davis and two of the leads Mike Langer and Jason Lott. In addition to being one of the leads, Koss is also credited as one of the film's producers.
The independently funded film, shot over the course of three years, also achieved additional funding on Kickstarter, backing support past its original $20,000 goal, and adding to its overall $50,000 budget.
Koss described the film as a "quirky buddy comedy" with a love story about a man going on an odyssey in the desert after a dream instructs him to put a ring on his dead ex-wife. Koss plays the character of Zannah, an independent geographical surveyor with Asperger syndrome that lacks good social cues, who joins in on the adventure.
The Burying Yasmeen event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., with the screening at 7 p.m. and a live Q & A after the film. Koss will also be in attendance to meet and greet with attendees. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Schulman's box office.