Dusty is a horror filmmaker himself, and lives in Hagerstown. He has been kind enough to offer to hang up some posters and leave some stacks of postcards around town, and that is a HUGE help. Katherine hosts a weekly horror radio show on blogtalkradio on Sundays 6:30-7pm, and has offered to have me on her show. I'm really looking forward to meeting each of them when we are in town March 27-28 for the Maryland International Film Festival.
It's really hard to figure out how to build an audience in a city far from you and where you don't know anyone! I found Dusty and Katherine through facebook stalking! You have to get very creative when you're an indie filmmaker with no budget. Social media is so good for this kind of thing: finding people and reaching out to them out of the blue. For this kind of thing, looking for a specific geographic area (around Hagerstown, MD) and a topic (horror), I find that Facebook is really good for this. I searched for Horror clubs/groups on Facebook in Hagerstown (and nearby towns), and I found a group. Through facebook, you can usually click on the people in the group and send them a message (you may even be able to see their profiles if not set to private, to make sure they're cool). The problem with not being "friends" with someone on facebook is that your message ends up in their "other" inbox. Most people never check that inbox, and some people don't even know they have one. Luckily these two saw my messages, and we started messaging back and forth.
Not everyone is willing to help a stranger, and I tried to sweeten the deal by offering free tickets to our show. I'd also like to treat each of them to a beer or coffee afterwards. So THANK YOU to Dusty and to Katherine, and I'm looking forward to meeting you each in person.