Local man gains Hollywood success

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Hank Braxtan graduated from Fruita Monument High School and credits his creativity with movie making to growing up in the Grand Valley.

He started watching scary movies from a young age, which sparked his interest in production and spent his childhood filming anything he could.

"I used to not even be able to even keep ketchup in my house because he was using it for fake blood," Teri Branscom, Hank's mother.

Fast forward to 2010 when the idea of the film "Chemical Peel" came about. Braxtan partnered with some friends to write and film the story and after two years it was complete and ready to show.

He submitted the film to the Telluride Horror Show Film Festival where it was honored as the official selection of the festival.

"Chemical Peel" was picked up by Lionsgate Entertainment, which Braxtan said is still hard to believe, "Finally have that happen it's still surreal someone's going to pull the rug out at any moment I'm sure."

Braxtan is currently working and living in Los Angeles and said he hopes to move back to Colorado in the future.


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