Movie filmed in Central Texas to debut across the U.S.

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Published: May. 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM CDT
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A movie filmed in Central Texas is set for limited release Friday across the country.

"Amerigeddon" debuts on Friday. Central Texas resident Gary Heavin, the founder of the Curves fitness franchise, wrote the film and served as its executive producer.

The action-packed film with a strong political plot, shows what would happen if the U.S. government were to conspire with the United Nations to stage an attack on the energy grid, leaving citizens ruled by martial law and stripped of their constitutional rights.

Heavin says he wrote the movie, because he believes it’s a real threat, adding it’s a movie the government doesn't want Americans to see.

"The most eminent threat to the survival of America is an attack by an EMP,” Heavin said.

“That’s not me saying that. That’s two congressional reports.”

Heavin got some help on the film from director Mike Norris, son of Chuck Norris.

While the movie has generated a strong following online with more than 130,000 likes on Facebook, Norris said it was far from popular in Hollywood circles.

“When we were casting the film, there were a number of agencies that would not allow their clients to be a part of the film,” Norris said.

Most of the actors and actresses in the film were recruited locally, including many extras.

Heavin’s Central Texas ranch was used for many scenes and other portions were shot in area towns.

“We filmed in the Meridian courthouse and all over Clifton,” Heavin said.

“In fact, Clifton became the Hollywood of Texas while we did it.”

“Amerigeddon” premieres Friday at the Waco Galaxy 16 Theatre.