Lead actor in new series on Amazon Prime has ties to Winston-Salem and Greensboro

As a child growing up in Winston-Salem, Taylor August loved film and animation.

“It influenced what I wanted to do,” August said.

He is now in his first series lead role in “The Hunter’s Anthology,” which will premiere on Amazon Prime Friday.

August plays the lead character Mac, a demon slayer, in this five-episode supernatural whodunnit that combines sci-fi, horror and mystery.

Some people have compared it to the 1985 movie “Clue,” and August said there are moments where people will possibly compare it to “The Exorcist.”

Other members of the cast are Eric Colton, Janna Bossier, Cole Taylor, Olev Aleksander, Kristy Kloetingh and Sara Lopez.

In the series, Mac, who is both mysterious and extremely serious, traps six strangers inside a subway car in New York to determine which one of them is a demon.

August, 36, moved to Winston-Salem when he was about 9 years old. He is a graduate of North Forsyth High School and attended Forsyth Technical College. In 2009, he attended UNC Greensboro to study film production. He is now working on a bachelor’s degree in animation at the Los Angeles Film School in Los Angeles, Calif., where he lives. He still has family in Winston-Salem.

“I’m super excited about it because I want that to be a big part of my future, creating animated films, shorts,” August said.
The acting bug bit August while he was taking theatre classes at North Forsyth. He went on to perform in a couple of plays at the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem in his early years.

Back then some folks might remember him as Taylor August Freeman.

“As a kid growing up on Disney films and cartoons, I knew I wanted to be an artist in some way,” he said.

While still living in North Carolina, he landed roles in two feature films, “Blood Done Sign My Name” and “Blue Ridge.”

He eventually moved to New York City, where he studied acting at the William Esper Studio and did a lot of theater, including Off-Broadway productions.