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‘C-Bar2’ to premiere at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center

"C-Bar 2,” the sequel to the locally made 2015 film, “C-Bar,” is set to premiere next weekend at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

Written and produced by Mark Baugher, who wrote the best-selling novels the films are based on, and directed by Emmy award winner Patrick Ball, also the film’s cinematographer and editor, there was always a desire for a sequel though they initially didn’t know if it would happen, Baugher said.

There was no market for the film until they found Amazon Prime, he said.

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A scene from 'C-Bar 2' filmed in Prescott to also be debuted at YAPAC. (Courtesy)

“There’s 2,600 westerns on Amazon Prime and we went from 2,600 to one,” Baugher said. “No advertising, no promotion, no anything. It just did it all on its own.”

It also won numerous awards, including Best Cinematography at the Billy the Kid Film Festival, the Wild Bunch Film Festival and Independent Film Arizona’s 2015 Arizona Film Competition.

Money made from the first film went right into making the second episode, for which there was already a script written, people ready to go and locations picked out, he said.

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A scene from 'C-Bar 2' filmed in Prescott to also be debuted at YAPAC. (Courtesy)

Premiering at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, “C-Bar 2” is a much better film than the first thanks to professional actors and better equipment, Baugher said.

Filmed over six weeks rather than eight months, they were more serious this time around knowing what they wanted out of people and were more demanding of themselves, he said. Everyone working on the film got paid this time too, he said.

“The first time was all volunteer and you get them there when you can and hope it all works out,” he said. “But this time, we had it all detailed, picked apart. Patrick … had every scene picked apart and every shot figured out as to what he wanted to do. So then it was just a matter of you get everybody together in a certain place and, just like anything, the more you do something, the better you get at it.”

Though it took six weeks to film, they spent months in preproduction putting the whole thing together, Ball said. Preproduction included interviews with the cast and crew, scouting locations and having meetings with the city.

Just like the first film, “C-Bar 2” is locally made and Baugher said the City of Prescott was wonderful to them.

“They let us shoot anywhere we wanted on Prescott property,” he said.

In the first film, a family in the late 1800s with a ranch at the headwaters of the Verde River are living a happy life before they run across a tragic event. The law is suspect and they have to find the people who caused the event to happen, Baugher said. The second film continues that story as the consequences of the trauma continue to haunt the family and more bad guys show up to threaten them.

Since the first film had a great ending, Baugher said he was concerned about having a strong ending for the second one.

“It was everything I hoped it would be,” he said. “The whole movie is worth sticking to the very end for.”

Tickets for the premiere are $7 and available at the box office or at the door. At this point, only four people have seen the film, and Baugher said he and Ball want the whole community to come to the premiere and experience the excitement with the cast and crew.

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

The actors really came alive on-screen to make it the incredible movie it is, Ball said. Additionally, the music carries the story a lot of the time and the cinematography is incredible.

“It’s a really beautiful film to watch objectively and subjectively,” Ball said.

“C-Bar 2” isn’t the end of the story, either. Baugher said the plan is to follow the novel series he’s written and make every installment better than the last.

Filming for the third film begins in April and Ball said they are still looking for cast, crew and investors. For more information about getting involved, email Baugher at markbaugher50@gmail.com.

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