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An independent film crew was in Vandalia on Friday, May 28 at Charters Patio, shooting an independent movie entitled “Stolen.”
The film, based loosely on an incident which happened to her in Wisconsin, is being shot here because Hannah Conrad has moved back to the area, in Brownstown.
“I was initially looking in Kentucky when she found her Brownstown home in the real estate listings. Plus, with horses living at the location, that was a bonus and was a good location to bring everyone to.
Besides being a writer, director and Dimension Seal’s cofounder, she is the owner of Storytellers Workshop, here in Vandalia.
The story is about a young man whose horses were taken “under fraudulent circumstances,” Conrad explains, and is based on her having her own horses stolen in 2016 while living in Wisconsin. After she recovered her horses, she realized there was a story to tell, and even more beyond that.
Starring in the movie are studio co-founder, co-director and co-producer Walker McMullin and fellow actor Jordan Keso.
“Walker is my childhood best friend. We met in a library where the librarian introduced us to each other,” she said.
But why Charters?
“I love the asthetics and history associated with the location, plus, it is a great way to show off Vandalia,” Conrad said. She added, “There is so much unused potential here, I immediately fell in love with the area!”
Currently the crew are working on a film festival distribution plan, with some festivals requiring a theatrical release.
“We are planning on submitting our footage to television, and hope to have a theatrical release date sometime next January,” Conrad said, “in order to have the maximum exposure for showings at the Independent Film Festivals. The earlier it is shown in the calendar year, the more exposure a film can receive.”
Rounding out the members of her crew and company are Baja Jessopp, production manager and waitress in the scene shooting at Charters; Leah Arvelle Malone, make-up artist; Nick Daniel, sound, and Aaron May, director of photography.
Following its release, Conrad and company hope to have DVD and digital releases of the movie.