West Virginia Filmmaker Channels Woody Allen’s Manhattan

A genius bit of wink-wink.

If the forthcoming 2016 indie drama short Muck is anything like this teaser, it’s going to be a winner.

To help build buzz for the project, which West Virginia writer-director Rob Rafferty is planning to shoot next month in his hometown of Buckhannon, he made the above video. It recasts the opening of Woody Allen’s 1979 film Manhattan a little further Southwest and, with a wink of deadpan, well beyond urban sophistication.

Rafferty recently told local TV reporter Jim Workman that he would hope Allen, if the director were to ever see the “Buckhattan” teaser, appreciates the homage. FishbowlNY certainly does. Rafferty also touched on his latest short’s plot:

Raffety said Muck “tells the story of a young, idealistic journalist from Washington, D.C. on a missing person cold case assignment in rural Buckhannon.”

If you like “Appalachian Rhapsody,” the teaser’s version of a Gershwin soundtrack, it’s available as a free download via the Muck website. The instrumental is performed by local musicians T.K. Swoop and The Taylor Ave. Track Stars.