Podtalk: Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack on ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

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CHICAGO – In 1987, one of the oddest incidents in broadcast history took place in Chicago, when a local news sports segment and an episode of “Dr. Who” on PBS was interrupted by a bizarre video sequence featuring a man in a Max Headroom mask. This infamous event was the inspiration for the new film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion,” which was release to theaters and through Video-On-Demand on October 22nd, 2021, after playing at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.

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Harry Shum Jr. of ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

“Broadcast Signal Intrusion“ reframes the Max Headroom event as a thriller narrative, in which James (Harry Shum Jr.) becomes obsessed about the interruptions, looking for messages within them that could reveal some secrets. Kelley Mack portrays Alice, who James brings into his obsession. The script by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall and the direction of Jacob Gentry creates a chilling bit of psychological horror, mainly about the mystery of how people are motivated to live in atmospheres of their own paranoia, and how that results in the strange hacks of consciousness.

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Kelley Mack of ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Harry Shum Jr. Is an up-and-coming actor, who began as a dancer in the “Step Up” series in the 2000s. Recently he had featured roles in “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Kelley Mack has a cinematographer and producer background in short films, with her most notable supporting role on “The Walking Dead” in 2018-19. “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” is her feature film debut. They were interviewed by Patrick McDonald and photographed by Joe Arce when “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” was featured at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival.

In a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, actor Harry Shum Jr. talks “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” and his roots as a dancer …

In a Podtalk with Kelley Mack, more insight into “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” and life as a actor vying for roles …

For an interview with the director of “Broadcast Signal Intrusion,” Jacob Gentry, by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, click JACOB GENTRY.

”Broadcast Signal Intrusion” is in select theaters and is available through Video-On-Demand beginning October 22nd, 2021. Featuring Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack, Chris Sullivan, Anthony E. Cabral and Richard Cotovsky. Written by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall. Directed by Jacob Gentry. Not Rated.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor and Film Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2021 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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