By Annabelle Knef
LEBANON – California-based producer Andrew Jones spoke to Lebanon officials and Illinois South Tourism members on Monday about producing a movie in the area.
Jones said that his film is called Harriet Houdini and is about a teenage girl who is “very shy” and has a “love of magic.”
He also said that it’s a “feel good” family film and tackles themes such as anti-bullying and female empowerment.
“The film takes place in a small midwestern town so I’m looking for a place that is very picturesque,” Jones said.
Some of the locations that would be featured in the film are a main street, a farm house, a magic shop, a diner and an auditorium.
“Budget wise, we tend not to build much,” he said.
Jones said that filming in Lebanon would offer a fun opportunity for local actors to be a part of the movie. He also expressed how filming in small towns is “really good for tourism.”
Jones said that one thing he would need from the city of Lebanon is support – both financial support and community support.
“It’s harder and harder to get funding for these movies.”
Jones said that what is unique about this film is that it’s set up as a non-profit due to a sponsorship from an anti-bullying group.
Jones said that the film would shoot for 20 to 25 days and take place next spring or summer.
Jones said that he will continue to stay in touch with the city of Lebanon about the potential to make his film in the area.
Jones has produced and directed many movies and television shows, one of them being – Discovery channel’s Naked and Afraid.