Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2000

Downtown Eudora selected for scene in independent movie

Town best-kept secret` said location manager

November 2, 2000

Eudora police blocked traffic on Main Street between the blocks of seventh and eighth streets Tuesday. In the middle of the street, a crowd of people gathered and watched the events unfolding. While at first glance it may have appeared to be the scene of an accident, it was soon revealed to be the scene of a movie.

Santa Monica Studios were on location in Eudora, filming scenes for a low-budget independent feature film called "The Painting." The film is set in the 1960`s and focuses on an interracial love story in the midst of a time of war and racial tension.

Linda Baska, location manager, was responsible for finding areas suitable for the movie. Filming took place at the Nelson-Adkins Museum, Kansas City, Mo., Tonganoxie and Eudora. Baska said Eudora was chosen because many of its downtown buildings have kept their classic look.

"They like the way buildings still have that old look, but it`s not remodeled so much it looks cutesy," said the Lenexa resident. "It`s a best-kept secret."

The story is set in Sikeston, Mo. To make Eudora`s downtown look realistic to its Missouri counterpart, certain buildings were touched up. Broers Flower Shop had "United States Post Office, Sikeston, Mo." painted on its windows. Red House recording studio was also utilized and classic cars were on hand as part of the scene.

Executive producer Bryan Hickox said Eudora`s small-town charm was instrumental to being chosen for the scene.

"Because of the look," Hickox said. "The story as written calls for a small town and Eudora has the look that`s perfect for this story."

Television actors Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny) and Clifton Davis (Amen) will star in the movie.

Actress Stacy Dash (Clueless) also stars.

The movie will continue shooting through late November, Baksa said. The movie is expected to be released Summer, 2001.

Baska said much of the success of the shoot was due to local authorities.

"Your police and fire department really went out of their way for us," she said. "This is exactly what (the producers) were looking for."

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