Thursday, December 17, 2009

SML Movie Plans Progressing; October Is Goal

My pal Sara Elizabeth Timmins (above), who plans to shoot the movie “Lake Effects” at Smith Mountain Lake during the fourth quarter of next year, sent an update that I’ll pass along to those of you who are interested.

Sara Elizabeth will be one of our teachers at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference at Hollins next month. She has credits for about a dozen movies in her portfolio and has been furiously putting together financing and all the details for the movie since she announced during the summer that she would not be able to shoot it in 2009, as originally planned.

Here’s some of what she has to say:

The money is on the verge of being there and looks like it should be by early next year. She has been in touch with a dozen Hollywood distributors and TV networks. The tentative schedule calls for shooting to begin in October.

Sara Elizabeth says that “several actors, including Academy Award winning talent, have read the script and … most distributors and networks that we spoke with were willing to say if we come to them with all the money they would also help us attach recognizable talent.”

Two actors already committed are John Diehl (“Stripes,” “Miami Vice”) and actor/acting coach “Barry Papick” (acting coach on “Finding Forrester,” “The Express,” “Labor Pains”) in supporting roles.

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