Fisherman mutates from oil spill in new Gautier film to premier at Sundance

GAUTIER -- Hollywood producers shot the final scene Thursday night of "Transmutation," a horror flick about a Gautier fisherman whose body mutates after he's exposed to the oil spilled and the dispersants used in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Film producer and Gautier native R.H. Doty of Ancient Tracker Productions wrote the screenplay and has worked on the project for about four years.

"We have a lot of truth in it -- about what took place in the Gulf and its effects," Doty said. "Plus we put sci-fi in it, too."

Doty hired Natasha Davis as a producer and filmmaker Bryan Martin to direct "Transmutation" and help rewrite some of the scenes. Martin has worked alongside Hollywood bigwigs such as Bob Hope and Robert Redford.

"Doty put together a really good shoot," Martin said. "We've got some of the most breathtaking scenes that could ever happen."

The film, shot entirely in Gautier, features City Councilman Charles "Rusty" Anderson as one of the actors.


"Getting a shot of a shrimp boat leaving a dock is very easy here, but it's something you can't easily find in California," Martin said. "This place is beautiful."

The plot develops around main character Ashley, played by Ashley Featherstone Trigg, who comes home to Gautier from Los Angeles after learning her sister fell ill from a strange virus that is spreading throughout the town.

When she arrives, she discovers another threat is lurking in the community. The mutated fisherman, played by Gautier native Willy Elbin, has gone on a killing spree.

Ashley teams up with Gautier police Detective Jim, played by Darren Baumgartner of Ocean Springs, and a local doctor to try to find a cure and hopefully save the city.

However, the doctor inadvertently infects himself while testing the oil-laced water, and Detective Jim has more on his mind than police work -- he wants Ashley.

"Transmutation" is scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.