Recovery: “Flashlight Tag” Ready for Prime Time with Director Talley Wilford


Over the year or so, the Spy has taken a significant interest in the development of a film being made locally that chronicles the real and very tragic story of Matt Schilling who fell victim to drug abuse. Talley Wilford, a friend and former classmate of Matt’s, has shared with us through several interviews his personal journey and experience to somehow making sense and purpose out of Matt’s short life.

The film “Flashlight Tag” is one of the end results of that journey. Produced and directed by Talley and his partner, Jen Wagner, it tells a fictional story that closely relates to the devastation of losing a close friend to a drug overdose.

It is no small undertaking to produce a two-hour film, but through the resources of local sponsors, advocates, family and friends, what has emerged in Flashlight Tag is a convergence of local interest and art coming together into a story that is both personal and instructive.

In our third interview with Talley, we talk about the film, the experience making it, and what the future holds for him as a director after the completion of his first major production.


This video is approximately five minutes in length. A special screening of Flashlight Tag will take place as the Avalon Theater on November 19th at 7:30 pm. For more information, please go here

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