It’s showtime for Smith, Cabral |

It’s showtime for Smith, Cabral

Tim Parsons

A side of Chris Smith that no one knows about will be on a big screen Sunday for all to see.

“Shadow in the Trees” will debut Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Caesars Tahoe Showroom.

The day after his father drowned trying to save a teenage boy in the Pacific Ocean, Smith dealt with his loss in a solitary way. Instead of wanting to be with sympathizers, he wanted to be alone, where he could put down his thoughts on paper.

Some of the dialogue he put down the day after his father Phil Smith died, is some of the same dialogue that inspired the movie’s plot.

“It was my method of getting everything out,” Smith said. “It shows a complete opposite, dark side of me.”

The film is produced by Smith’s childhood friend Travis Cabral, the winner of four World Cup freestyle ski championships.

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Smith, 20, will be leaving Monday for UCLA, where he has been accepted as a theater major. Cabral, 21, has his sights set for the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Both are nervously anticipating Sunday’s one-time showing of their year-and-one-half project.

“It’s been a long journey for Chris and myself,” Cabral said, after working much of the day Wednesday in a Caesars production booth.

The filmmakers struggled for hours trying to correct the color with Caesars projector. They finally switched to LCD computer projector, which will be mounted in the third level of the showroom seats, right behind where Smith and Cabral will be seated, Cabral said.

The film was shot with one digital camera.

“Now that it is edited, it’s the most invigorating, gratifying thing I have ever done,” Smith said.

There will be a raffle, silent auction and party at Neros immediately after the 1 hour, 16 minute film. A movie stub will allow free entry into the nightclub.

Movie tickets at the door are $12.