Tuesday, September 29, 2020

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY - WEBSITE UPDATED THURSDAY

Home Archive Farms, Families and Flyers Focus of Colusa County Movie

Farms, Families and Flyers Focus of Colusa County Movie

Submitted to the WPR

Colusa County’s rice production, Ag aviation, and farm families combined with a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ style young love story are the focus of an upcoming film projected to begin filming in Colusa County next spring.

“The film with the working title “Colusa” is a family-friendly film that also shows farming in an incredibly positive manner,” said the film’s producer Norm Hunter during a September 14 Colusa County Chamber of Commerce President’s Breakfast.

The $14 million film is a coming-of-age, romance, flying story which portrays the rice and the Ag aviation industry in a favorable light in Colusa County.

“Hunter, whose film is being made in cooperation with the California Rice Commission, said he has had tremendous response to the project in Hollywood and has signed on some pretty heavy hitters in the film industry.

Casting director for the film is Deb Aquila (Twilight, Valentine’s Day, Live Free or Die Hard, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Expendables and Shawshank Redemption). Director of photography is Oscar nominee Dean Cundey (Apollo 13, Romancing the Stone, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, What Women Want). Sound design will feature the work of Oscar winner Chris Boyes (Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, Iron Man, King Kong, Lord of the Rings).

Aerial coordinator and 2nd unit Director is Craig Hosking (The Dark Knight Rises (Batman 3), The Dark Knight, Inception, Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull, Batman Begins, The Aviator, National Security). Post production sound will be done at the Academy Award winning Skywalker Sound Studio.

World aerobatic champion Sean Tucker will perform the tricky stunt flying in the movie.

The creative team includes top veterans from Pixar, Disney and award winning writers and directors.

Former Disney chairman Peter Schneider has commented that Hunter’s script is the best ‘coming-of-age’ story he has seen in the last 15 years.

Hunter has been in the Colusa County area scouting locations and talking with potential investors for the film over the past year. He has also become a familiar face among some of the growers and the flyers and said he has learned so much from all of these people.

During his presentation, he shared his experiences of harvesting and seeding, and flying in crop-dusting planes and helicopters.

“This is a wonderful area,” he said, “I could make this film in other states which offer film financing, but I want to make this movie here in Colusa.” I want to make this movie where there is a vested interest in the storyline and where people care about the messages we deliver,” he added.

Hunter stressed that this is a feature film, not a documentary. It is a story about the rice growers and the flyers that are the heroes of the land. It is about the family farms run by the people who own them.

The California Rice Commission has given the project two thumbs up. “Tim Johnson and Jim Morris of the Commission have commented that the film would do an invaluable service to the rice industry in Northern California.

Hunter’s vision for the film is to share the stories of the growers and the flyers as the backbone of the county’s economy, but also to showcase the beauty and grandeur that the Northstate has to offer.

He again stressed that it is a family-friendly film, and that these types of films not only make money, but that they are the types of films he chooses to produce.

“Statistics show that family-friendly films not only do great at the box office, but that they also benefit the communities in which they are set.”

He estimated that the production of the movie here would generate about $1.25 millions locally in sales of goods and services.

He also mentioned that communities where films are made often become destination locations for tourists.

“There have been many instances where movie locations have become famous. For example, the town of Forks, Washington where the Twilight series was filmed has seen a 1000 percent increase in tourism,” said Hunter.

Colusa County Chamber of Commerce President Gary Teragawa commented that a project such as this is going to be a huge asset to the county. “We need this film in Colusa County, and we need to do everything possible to see it happen,” he said. ■

 

 

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editorhttps://williamspioneer.com
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

More News

Quilters serve local needs, fire victims

Had it not been for a coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific Flyway Quilters would have held their annual Community Service Giveaway Night with a little...

Colusa County Office of Education – Request for Proposals

COLUSA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Colusa County Office of Education (CCOE) is accepting emailed bids for the bulk purchase of LTE Equipment...

CUSD working to get some students back to school

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed modern education in a way never before experience. For most schools in the state of California, getting students back to...

Life, as I see it: Wind down

As the weather turns cooler and days begin to be shorter, I find myself winding down. The business of summer, the craving to spend...

Local Government

City grants permit for cannabis expansion

Colusa’s first cannabis nursery is now looking to expand operations to include full marijana cultivation. The Colusa City Council voted 4-1, on Sept. 15, to...

Local governments spending CARES to boost IT infrastructure

In order to reduce physical interaction between individuals in the era of Covid-19, local governments are using CARES Act funding to invest in better...

County appoints new Airport Advisory Committee

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 1 appointed seven members to the newly restructured Airport Advisory Committee. The previous committee of about 15...

Public & Legal Notices

City of Colusa – Notice of Public Hearing

CITY OF COLUSA CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council...

City of Colusa – Notice of Public Hearing

CITY OF COLUSA CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council...

County of Colusa – Notice of Vacancy – Colusa Cemetery District

COUNTY OF COLUSA NOTICE OF VACANCY Notice is hereby given that the Colusa County Board of Supervisors  is soliciting applications to fill a vacancy for an...

City of Colusa – Ordinance No. 542

CITY OF COLUSA ORDINANCE NO. 542 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUSA REZONING APPROXIMATELY 5.39 ACRES TO GENERAL COMMERCIAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT...

Colusa County Resource Conservation District – Request for Statement of Qualifications for Contractors

COLUSA COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATION FOR CONTRACTORS FOREST HEALTH PROJECT PHASE 1 IN COLUSA COUNTY The Colusa County Resource Conservation District...