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'Hunger Games' producer comes home

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WILLISTON, Vt. -

In theaters all across America, "The Hunger Games" is a hit.

Over the weekend, the flick devoured the competition, raking in a record-setting $155 million dollars.

At the Majestic Cinemas in Williston, fans lined up early for a chance to be bitten by the Hunger Games bug, and for a chance to hear from the film's producer, Jon Kilik.

Kilik, a University of Vermont graduate, says he feels a responsibility to come to back Vermont to bring inspiration to the next generation -- something instilled in him by visiting lecturers during his time as a Catamount. "There were people from the outside world who would come and visit and bring kind of a their point of view and their story," he said.

The film, adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins, features teens in a post apocalyptic world -- chosen by lottery battle to the death on reality TV, all for the amusement of an upper class society. Kilik says as soon as he read the book he knew he had to get it's message onto the big screen. "It was not science fiction, it was really an allegory for today. It had a lot to say about what's happening on the streets right now -- the 99-percent, the 1-percent. I thought there were a lot of political and social implications that the author was trying to say," Kilik said.

Kilik says if you strip away the fantasy, costumes and the post apocalyptic setting, the film is also an allusion to what's happening in the lives of today's youth. "It's really cutthroat and tough and you're examined at every turn. And if you're not the wealthy and the good looking and the athletic, you're at a disadvantage," he said.

He hopes the film will give viewers the hunger for change. "All the things that the movie is about, I think kids can really relate to. It's a really tough world out there now and we should do something about it," Kilik said.

The novel is just one in a series of three and Kilik hopes to start production on the next film in the coming months.

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