Alabama Film Office


2/20/2015

 

GEORGE LINDSEY UNA FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF MARCH 5, 2015

The 2015 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, located at the University of North Alabama in Florence, begins on March 5 and runs through March 7.  The festival will screen 30 films from the nearly 3000 submitted from over 100 countries to this year’s competition.  Six Alabama films will compete for the $2000 Clyde “Sappo” Black Award.  In addition to Alabama, filmmakers will be in attendance from New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Spain, and Germany. 

Special events at this year’s Lindsey Film Fest include a panel of Hollywood’s top music supervisors, including Dave Jordan of Format Entertainment (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Winter Soldier, Agent Carter, Empire), Julianne Jordan (Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), Thomas Golubić, (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Ray Donovan, Six Feet Under, After the Sunset), and Andrea von Foerster, (Fantastic Four (2015), Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandChronicle, Chasing MavericksThe Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, Stargate Universe, Modern Family).  The panel will be moderated by Florence’s own John Paul White of The Civil Wars, whose music-in-film-and-television credits include Carrie, The Hunger Games, The Firm, Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy.

The panel will take place at The Mane Room, 310 N. Pine Street, Florence, at 7pm on Friday, March 6.

Also appearing at this year’s festival are filmmaker Aaron Wolf and neuroscientist Michelle Marquez. 15 year old Michelle Marquez, who already has international lectures and a TEDx talk on her resume, will speak about research into the connection between emotion and art (music, film); her talk will be followed by the film Michelle made to illustrate her research.  Marquez will speak at 3pm, Friday, March 6, at The Mane Room.   Sponsored by the Shoals Interfaith Council, Wolf will screen his short film The Walk, the story of a young Jewish boy growing up in late 1980s Brooklyn and the older Jewish man, Alfred, who Danny meets outside the local synagogue soon after the death of his father.  The Walk will screen at 4:30 on Friday, March 6 at UNA’s Mane Room.

Awarding winning actor Natalie Canerday (October Sky, Sling Blade) returns to this year’s festival to MC the 18th Annual Awards Show, Saturday, March 7.

 

All regular screenings will take place in the UNA Communications Building, Room 131.  All events except the Awards Show are free and open to the public.  Tickets for the Awards Show are $10 General Admission; UNA student tickets are free.

 

For more information, visit www.lindseyfilmfest.com, email lindseyfilmfest@una.edu, or call 256-765-4592.

 

 


 11/25/2014

Legion Field turns back the clock to 1974 as filmmakers re-create epic Woodlawn-Banks game

Filming of the movie "Woodlawn" continues at Legion Field, Monday, November 24, 2014 with actors Caleb Castille, Nic Bishop, and Kevin Sizemore. Birmingham filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin are recreating the historic game between the Woodlawn Colonels and the Banks Jets for their movie. That 1974 game is widely considered the biggest high school football game ever played in Alabama. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com

Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.comBy Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The students began to shout, "Touchdown Tony! Touchdown Tony!" as the Woodlawn High School football team started filing out of the school bus.

Later, the Legion Field stands erupted as the Woodlawn players sprinted onto the field, which was trimmed with handmade signs encouraging them to "Bury Banks" and "Let's Get the Sugar Jets."

For several hours Monday night, it was 1974 all over again, as Birmingham filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin re-created that epic night 40 years ago when "Touchdown Tony" Nathan and the Woodlawn Colonels battled Jeff Rutledge and the Banks Jets before the largest crowd to ever watch a high school football game in Alabama.

That '74 game is one of the major scenes in the Erwin brothers' latest film, "Woodlawn,'' which they began shooting in and around Birmingham about three weeks ago.

Hank Erwin, the filmmakers' father and the team chaplain at Woodlawn in the early '70s, watched Monday night's action with Denny Ragland, who was the Colonels' starting quarterback 40 years ago.

"When I see it unfolding, I have to hold back, just wanting to cry a tear," Erwin, a former Alabama state senator, said. "To see that my boys are taking a story that I walked through and turning it into a motion picture of this magnitude, I never dreamed of that."

Denny and Hank.JPGFormer Woodlawn High School quarterback Denny Ragland, left, visits with Hank Erwin, right, who was the Woodlawn team chaplain in the early '70s, during the filming of the movie "Woodlawn" at Legion Field. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)TAMIKA MOORE

  

Sean Astin, who starred in the 1993 football classic "Rudy," plays Erwin in the film, and the rest of the cast includes Nic Bishop from the ABC series "Body of Proof" as Woodlawn coach Tandy Gerelds and C. Thomas Howell from "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Banks coach George "Shorty" White.

Caleb Castille, the youngest of former Alabama All-American Jeremiah Castille's three sons, makes his feature film debut as Nathan, and Richard Kohnke from the recent "When the Game Stands Tall," plays Rutledge.

Castille, whose older brothers Tim and Simeon also played for the Crimson Tide, walked on to the football team at Alabama but left after his junior year in 2013 to pursue acting.

At first, he was going to be a stunt double in "Woodlawn," but he was cast to play Nathan when another actor had to back out just a few days before filming began.

"Prior to this, what I've been doing is commercial work, music videos and things like that," Castille said. "This is, by far, my biggest job. . . . I couldn't ask for a better way to have my big break in this industry."

Robert and Reggie.JPGFormer Woodlawn High School players Robert Lukasik, left, and Reginald Greene, center, talk with actor Marcus Henderson, who plays Greene in the movie "Woodlawn." (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)TAMIKA MOORE

 

Marcus Henderson, who had a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning "Django Unchained," plays Woodlawn offensive tackle Reginald Greene in the movie.

Henderson, a St. Louis native who also played college football at Alabama State University, said the last time he was at Legion Field was when he played in the Magic City Classic about 10 years ago.

"I got a phone call to look over the ("Woodlawn") script, and I read it and I thought it was an amazing script," Henderson said. "Then when I read the breakdown and I saw that it was in Alabama, I knew I had to have it."

Greene, a Birmingham radio newscaster, and several of his old Woodlawn teammates who played in that 1974 game returned to Legion Field to soak it all in Monday night, and just to hang out with each other again.

A few of them, including defensive back Steve Martin and wingback Robert Lukasik, wore their old letterman's jackets for the first time in decades.

Martin and Lukasik got their pictures taken alongside the football extras who wear their jerseys in the movie.

"I weigh as much without pads as he weighs with 'em," Martin said of his movie likeness.

Randy Duke.JPGFormer Banks football player Randy Duke points himself out in a picture from a high school photo album that Duke brought with him to Legion Field. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)TAMIKA MOORE

Randy Duke, a defensive tackle for Banks, brought along a scrapbook and a photo album from the '74 game, including a snapshot of him being helped off the field that night.

"This is the last game I ever played," Duke said. "I trashed my knee on Woodlawn's touchdown drive."

"Shorty" White, the old Banks coach, also watched some of the filming with his son Darryl White, as did Tony Nathan's parents, William and Louise Nathan.

While much of the movie focuses on the relationship between Nathan and his coach Gerelds, the bigger story involves the spiritual reawakening that united and inspired the Woodlawn in the early '70s.

"Those were two of the most remarkable years you could ever see happen to a group of guys -- in '73 and '74," Hank Erwin said. "They didn't know it, but in '73, they were not very good. . . .

"So when I went in there (as the team chaplain), I recommended, 'Why don't we play this season for the Lord?' And it was like Tim Tebow when he was at Denver. Amazing things began to happen that nobody could explain."

Additional scenes from the movie, including much of the on-the-field game action, will be shot Tuesday at Legion Field.

"Woodlawn" is scheduled for a fall 2015 release.

 


 

 

11/4/14

Filming begins at Hueytown's Gilmore-Vines Stadium for 'Woodlawn' movie scenes

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Hueytown's Gilmore-Vines Stadium has been transformed into Woodlawn High School of the 1970s, for a movie to be filmed in Hueytown and other Birmingham locations. The movie, "Woodlawn," tells the story of Birmingham football superstar Tony Nathan. Extras are encouraged to come to Hueytown for filming this Tuesday through Saturday. (Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.com) (Picasa)

 

Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.comBy Cheryl Wray | cwray@al.com
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on November 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM, updated November 04, 2014 at 8:58 AM

HUEYTOWN, Alabama -- The trucks and crews have arrived, and Hueytown's Gilmore-Vines Stadium has been transported to the 1970s.

 

Filming begins on Tuesday for scenes to be shot inside the stadium for the new movie "Woodlawn," which revolves around former Alabama Crimson Tide and Miami Dolphins football star Tony Nathan.

 

Birmingham filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin, the team behind last year's surprise hit "Moms' Night Out" (which was filmed almost entirely in the Birmingham area) are behind "Woodlawn."

 

Gilmore-Vines Stadium will represent Woodlawn High School's stadium in the movie, and will be used for scenes depicting Woodlawn's home football games.

 

Extras are needed Tuesday through Saturday night, from 4:30 in the afternoon until filming is complete (which could go until midnight or later). According to Hueytown mayor Delor Baumann, extras are most needed on Thursday evening--when filmmakers would like 1,000 people in the stadium's stands.

 

The movie's casting website provides this information about the filming in Hueytown:

 

"You will be fans in the audience waving on your team. Pretty simple stuff in this scene. All ages are welcome. Bring coats and gloves in case it gets chilly. If you want to make home made signs for the football teams that is encouraged."

 

It also lists ideas for costuming, which should represent what people wore in 1973 and 1974. Such items include turtlenecks, blue jeans, high-waisted pants for women, white t-shirts, caps without logos, plaid shirts, khaki or maroon pants, white-washed pants, solid colored button-up and t-shirts and heavy overcoats.

 

Baumann said that he's been excited to see the transformation taking place at his city's stadium.

 

"They're really taking it back in time, and getting it to look like the 7os," he said. "They've painted the stadium and taken out the purple and gold."

 

Baumann said that Gilmore-Vines Stadium fit the era of the movie perfectly.

 

"They traveled around the state to look at stadiums," he said. "They found that ours was just right, had the character and atmosphere of the stadium they were looking for."

 

In addition to the scenes in Hueytown, the Erwin brothers will be filming in other Birmingham locations. The movie's pivotal football scene is the 1974 game between Nathan and the Woodlawn Colonels and Jeff Rutledge and the Banks High School Jets at Legion Field.

 

More than 42,000 fans turned out to that game, which is still considered the biggest high school game ever played in Birmingham. Nathan and Rutledge later became teammates at Alabama and were key members of the 1978 national championship team that defeated Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.

 

The film is about more than football, though.

 

According to the movie's  press notes, it focuses on a time "when a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player on the Woodlawn High School team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds."

 

Stars slated for the movie include Sean Astin of "Rudy" and "Lord of the Rings," and Osy Ikhile who is starring in Ron Howard's latest film "In the Heart of the Sea."

 

Extras interested in being in the movie are asked to be at Gilmore-Vines Stadium, located at 2058 High School Road in Hueytown, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

 


8/12/2014

 

ACTION STUNT CAMP

MOVIE STUNT TRAINING SCHOOL

LEARN HOLLYWOOD

STUNT TECHNIQUES

 

You will receive hands on training by professional movie stuntmen and coordinators! You will be instructed in and perform the following (according to your abilities and instructors judgment), but not limited to!

High Falls                                    Jerk Off Of Motorcycle

Movie Fights                               Horse Work (Saddle Falls)

Body Burns                                  Stair Falls

Air Rams                                      Ratchets

Safety is our highest priority!

 

Students will be introduced to:

Safety equipment, its purpose and use!

Rigging and Fabrication!

 

Southside, Alabama - October 20th. – 25th

For information and Registration call

Conley Wilson   256-294-8794

Pat McGroarty    850-607-2573

 

See our Home Page at www.actionstuntcamp.com for  Action reel, video of stunts and equipment!

Like us on FaceBook at Action Stunt Camp

Email: Actionstuntcamp@live.com

 

Cost: $1900.00 for groups of 5, tuition will only be charged for 4.

1 will attend at no charge!!

 

Payment arrangements can be made: Down Payment $350.00 Then weekly or monthly payments until the $1900.00 is PAID IN FULL!!!

Before class begins.

 

Deposit is Non Refundable!!  It is to hold your spot in the class!

 


7/2/2014

 

'Fix It and Finish It' works on home in Prattville

Posted: Jul 02, 2014 8:44 AM CST Updated: Jul 02, 2014 8:44 AM CST

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

A new show will make its debut this fall and our parent company Raycom Media is producing it.

It's called Fix It and Finish It and the show focuses on renovating homes and outdoor projects. The Fix It and Finish It crew spent a very hot and humid day Tuesday at 306 Walker Street in Prattville.

John Bechard didn't quite know what to think when the work crew rang his doorbell around 6 in the morning.

"I was absolutely surprised," said Bechard.

But Bechard remembered his grandson submitted an application to the Fix It and Finish It show to do something with the backyard. Bechard's home was chosen and so beginning at 7 Tuesday morning the team of 20 or so started the back-breaking work of putting together a patio and deck, one concrete paver at a time.

Hollywood actor Antonio Sabato, Jr., is the host of the new show.

 

"This yard is going to look like a million bucks after we get finished with it. New pavers, new plants, new paint, a patio and a deck," said Sabato.

 

Sabato had no doubt Mr. Bechard will be pleased when they're finished.

 

"It's amazing. I don't know how I will be able to thank these people," said Bechard. 

 

As part of the deal Bechard had to leave his home for much of the day so he wouldn't spoil the 'reveal' at the end.

 

WSFA 12 News was not allowed to publicly show the

finished product because the new doesn't air until the fall.

 

What we can share is a job like this one typically takes a week, $15,000 worth of work in just one day.


6/26/2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- "Selma" will begin filming in Montgomery Thursday, causing several downtown street closures near the Alabama State Capitol.

The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it culminates with the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march that eventually led President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The movie, which has filmed in Selma all week, is expected to shoot a pivotal scene where King leads demonstrators down Dexter Avenue on Thursday and Friday.

The following street sections will be closed both days:

  • Dexter Avenue from the Capitol steps to Hull Street
  • Bainbridge Street between Washington Avenue and Monroe Street
  • Decatur Street between Washington Avenue and Monroe Street
  • Washington Avenue between Bainbridge Street and Union Street

 

Hollywood comes to Selma for filming of movie

Posted: Jun 23, 2014 1:48 PM CST Updated: Jun 23, 2014 5:13 PM CST
SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma became a movie set for film crews to begin shooting the film 'Selma.'

It's more than just a story about the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It also touches on the three-way relationship between Martin Luther King, George Wallace and Lyndon Johnson.

On the first day of filming state troopers blocked the entrance to the bridge but not in a position of hostility like the world saw 49 years ago. Rather, troopers were on hand in a supporting role. They kept the bridge clear so the actors could tell the story.

The irony wasn't lost on Tommy Fell, the Location Coordinator for the Alabama Film Office.

"It's been fantastic. They are here to make sure everyone is safe and their safety is paramount to them," said Fell.

On the other side of the bridge in downtown Selma life has pretty much come to a virtual standstill. Traffic lights are out, some businesses closed for lunch, extras moved around to get in position for the next scene and vintage cars nearby from a different era.

Selma resident Diane Spikings took a walk with her mom and took advantage of the rare silence in this part of town. Spikings found it all strangely fascinating. Diane's husband is one of the many extras in the film.

"Everyone should know this history because it is a part of our history and what people went through back then to have the privilege to vote," said Spikings.

The film crew consists of more than 700 people, including Oprah Winfrey who is expected to stay in Selma for most of the week. Winfrey is playing the role of Anne Lee Cooper who reportedly confronted then sheriff James Clark for not being able to vote.

For three days this week the Pettus Bridge and a good portion of downtown will look like it has today; quiet with no activity except for the production team.

Filming for this part of the movie in Selma is expected to wrap up on Thursday.

The movie is set to be released nationwide in January of next year.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge is closed until Thursday.

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6/2014


Oprah-produced civil rights movie begins filming in Selma, Montgomery with 500 local extras

Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com By Amber Sutton | asutton@al.com
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on June 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM, updated June 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

SELMA, Alabama -- The streets of downtown Selma surrounding the Edmund Pettus Bridge closed today as filming began for the production of Paramount Pictures' "Selma" movie.

"Selma," which will film in the titular city through Thursday, stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it culminates with the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march that eventually led President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

While most filming will take place in Atlanta, Ga., several scenes from the movie will be shot in Alabama, such as the Selma-to-Montgomery march. In addition, filmmakers are scheduled to shoot a pivotal scene where King leads civil rights demonstrators down Dexter Avenue toward the Alabama State Capitol on Friday.

For locals, the filming made getting to downtown a little tricky, but most said
they didn't mind the inconvenience in exchange for shining a light on the city's
history.

"I'm just excited," said Selma native Darryl Kelly. "I'm just glad that somebody is
paying attention. We have a lot of history here. There are several things that
need to change, but I'm glad the spotlight is back on Selma."

"Selma" is directed by Ava DuVernay, and Oprah Winfrey as well as Brad Pitt
serve as producers for the film. In addition, Winfrey announced on Sunday that
she would play the supporting role of Anna Lee Cooper, a leader in the Civil Rights movement.

Rev. Kenneth Spry, a minister from South Carolina who visited Selma today as
part of a Civil Rights tour with his youth group, said the filming prevented the
group from getting to physically cross the bridge, but they were able to take
photos from a distance.

"We wanted to march across the bridge, but they're not letting us get close to it
all," Spry said. "It's been a pretty closed set 'cause Oprah's in town, but we are going to get a picture of the bridge, and then we'll load up the bus."

Overall, about 500 locals were cast as extras to take part in scenes filmed in Selma and Montgomery this week. The filming serves as a rare chance for Alabama residents to see what the making of a major motion picture is like.

"I think really the most exciting part is just seeing what goes into making
movies," said Will Atkinson, who was cast as a military police extra. "I enjoy
watching them, and it'd be cool to be in the movie, but I mostly just want to
see what the process i like."

Selma will play in limited theaters on Christmas Day before its nationwide release on Jan. 9, 2015.