Movie to show Inlet in positive light

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hannah Blackwell is coming home – well, for a little while at least – and she’s bringing a film crew with her.

Blackwell, a native of Murrells Inlet and a St. James High School graduate, is bringing her second feature film collaboration with director Thijs Bazelmans back home this fall.

“Civilized” is a buddy comedy, Blackwell said, the story of two lifelong friends, one of whom goes off to college, the second who stays in his boyhood community and gets involved with a group of Civil War re-enactors to preserve his boyhood home.

The effort follows their first feature work together, “Art School of Horrors,” which lists Roger Corman, who directed “Little Shop of Horrors,” as one of the executive producers and is expected to come out in 2015.

Coming home lets Blackwell reconnect with friends and family, as well as to get involved in her relatively low-budget film.

“There’s lots of opportunities for product placement, for branding, for acting, for being involved in general,” explained Blackwell.

Filming will take place in Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Conway and the surrounding areas. Producing is something that Blackwell said she fell into naturally.

“When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress, but that was living someone else’s dream. Once I moved to California and went to school there, I realized that I liked being a leader, being in charge,” she said.

She’s excited, she said, about the chance to showcase the community and its people in a positive light.

She said there will be a casting call and auditions for the locals, and she’s buoyed by the outpouring of support she’s already received. A community kickoff party netted funding and agreements early this year. Because the financial commitment for the film is small – about $200,000 – there are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved on various levels with the chance to gain movie credits.

Once filming is complete, Blackwell said that the real work begins – editing, adding music, promoting – all the things that turn film into a movie. She said if all goes well, she expects that the film will be out in 2016.

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