In the dark basement boiler room of the Concord Hotel, a man slowly regains consciousness and finds himself strapped to a chair. Beads of sweat begin to accumulate on his face as his eyes settle on a dark figure sitting across the room. The figure, a man whose face is hidden by a dark, hooded jacket, approaches.
"Please," the man begs.
The dark man comes closer, his eyes focusing on his victim with a menacing glare. He won't offer any mercy.
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The scene played out recently week in the basement boiler room of the historic hotel on Union Street was the opening scene of "A Box for Rob," a murder mystery being filmed in Concord. Producers hope to finish editing by September. Then the movie will tour film festivals.
The story centers on childhood friends Rob and Miles. Rob is returning to town and moving into his childhood home in Concord when a series of murders shake up the town.
"Rob is living with a lot of guilt and dealing with it the best he can," said Mark Scarboro of Cornelius, the actor playing the role of Rob. "His secrets come to the surface over the course of the film."
Scarboro has starred in several theater productions in Charlotte over the past decade.
Producer Michael Davis said filmmakers chose Concord for the movie setting because of its vibrant downtown atmosphere. Davis works with Uptone Pictures, the Wake Forest-based entertainment company producing the independent film.