MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — People are about to see a different side of Timmy Dee.
Dee, a Lumberton resident, has a part in the short horror movie “13 Miles to Hell,” which will be playing at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival on Friday.
“It’s a blessing and it’s a privilege to be other people that you are not normally being,” he said.
The viewing will be at 9:45 p.m. at Carmike Cinema 16, located at 1175 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Tickets range from $5.50 to $8.75.
The movie is about two teenagers who take a wrong turn down a dark road. Dee’s character, Willie, runs an out-of-the-way convenience store.
“The character is nothing like me,” Dee said. “… Willie is all to himself and he doesn’t care for people too much and I’m the complete opposite of Willie.”
While Dee could not provide many details about the plot, he said he has at least one victim.
The film, which was shot in Loris, S.C., is one of more than 120 films being shown at the five-day festival.
“This film festival has become one of the largest film festivals around,” said Jerry Dalton, the founder and director. “You’ve hit the mark when you get in.”
The $30,000 film is not nominated for any awards at the festival.
The 15-minute movie is directed by Dave Munn. It was written by Lunden De’Leon, who stars in it, along with Dee, Sean O’Neill and Emily Thigpen.
“It’s locally produced and that’s a very big thing,” Dee said. “… All of the actors are unknown … People should see it and support it. … Just to support local actors and actresses in the Carolinas here.”
Dee, who grew up in Dillon, S.C., is working on another movie called “Ten,” and will soon start filming for a movie called “The Child.”
Along with acting, he has released four albums and won awards for his writing, including poetry, songs and short stories.
“I’ve been writing, singing and acting most of my life and I love it,” he said.
In 2003, Dee was encouraged by Mary Wilson of the Supremes, who performed at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Someone sent a copy of his first CD to Wilson, without his knowledge, and she sent him a letter about how much she enjoyed the CD and commented on his talent.
“Not only is she a legend, but a legend that treats people like family,” Dee told The Robesonian that year.
Dee said he sings a variety of genres, including R&B, contemporary, gospel, pop and country. His latest CD is called “Inspiration” and was released in 2008.
The CDs are produced by his production company, Nrober-M Productions.
His cds are available at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes.