Local boy’s film to show at prestigious festival


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Talon Wild

Though he’s currently busy turning heads as a Hollywood actor, Chugiak’s Talon Wild has a much more Alaskan dream in mind.

“I really want to make a career out of playing hockey,” Wild said during a recent phone interview from Southern California.

The NHL might have to wait.

Wild, 9, recently learned that a short film he starred in, “Adam,” will be shown at the ultra-prestigious Cannes Film Festival later this month in France. Wild’s mom, Bettsie, said having a film screened at the festival’s “Short Film Corner” is an enormous honor.

“It’s super exciting,” she said. “We didn’t even realize the coolness of it until recently.”

The six-minute short film, which Bettsie described as “dark, but not in a gross way,” follows a 10-year-old boy as he copes with his family’s abuse by creating an imaginary friend.

Talon was more to-the-point about his starring role.

“Basically I’m an abused child and I kill my parents,” he said.

Talon said filming the short film wasn’t nearly as dark as the script. He said the scenes with blood were filmed using chocolate (“we couldn’t eat it,” he said), and everyone on set was “really fun and funny.”

“I even got to do the slate and call out action,” he said.

Talon began acting two years ago, after his older sister, Lena, won a dance contest. For winning the contest, Lena got to go to an acting workshop in Los Angeles, and Talon tagged along.

In the two years since, both Wild siblings have landed several acting roles, mostly commercials and independent films, Bettsie said.

“They both started doing theatrical stuff and it just started snowballing,” she said.

The family now splits its time between home in Chugiak and Hollywood, where the children split their time between home-schooling and auditions.

“The main roles are all cast in L.A.,” Bettsie said.

Bettsie said the exposure her kids have gotten to the acting world has actually helped the children’s development.

“Their reading level and their people skills have improved,” She said. “It’s been really good for them.”

And there’s other perks. During some recent down time, the family got to visit Nickelodeon, where Talon got the special treat of being “slimed,” with the network’s famous green goo.

“I’m pretty sure it was made of glue,” Talon said. “But I don’t know…”

Still, being away from home does have its drawbacks, and Talon said he misses a lot about Alaska when he’s away.

“Everything,” he said. “The weather, my friends and especially the traffic.”

An avid hockey player who plays goalie for a team in California and the local Blue Devils squirt B team, Talon said his true passion is being on the ice.

“I’m just doing the acting for fun,” he said.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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