See the official trailer for “The Shift” a sci-fi thriller filmed in Birmingham and Bessemer

23rd Street Birmingham closed for filming of “The Shift” (Callie Morrison / Bham Now)

The trailer for “The Shift”—a sci-fi thriller filmed in Birmingham and locations throughout Jefferson County this past winter—has been released. 

Written and directed by filmmaker Brock Heasley, “The Shift” tells the story of Kevin Garner, who after a tense encounter with a mysterious stranger with otherworldly powers is banished to a parallel Earth where he fights to get back to the woman he loves.

The film is being produced by Ken Carpenter’s Nook Lane Entertainment, based in Franklin, Tennessee. It will be released by Angel Studios, the studio behind the 2017 hit streaming series “The Chosen”.

Here is the trailer and a preview with the actor Neil McDonough:

The Shift features Kristofer Polaha as Kevin Garner and Liz Tabish (played Mary Magdalene in The Chosen) as Molly Garner and Neal McDonough as the Benefactor (the antagonist in the film).  Another notable actor in the film is Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings, Rudy and Woodlawn.

When you watch the trailer and preview, there are several locations folks from Birmingham can recognize immediately, including the Sloss Furnaces and the Rainbow Tunnel Lights downtown.

The film is expected to be released in January 2024. 

What do you think of the trailer? Let us know by dropping a comment on social media and tagging us at @bhamnow

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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