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Lincoln Homestead State Park and a local horse farm will be the backdrop in some scenes of an upcoming Civil War-era film.
Production crews garnered attention at the park last week, as traffic was briefly stopped at times while filming took place.
The movie, a title wasn’t disclosed, was also at Stephen Foster in Bardstown and Copper Canyon near Hopkinsville.
Writer, director and producer Fred Ray said the film is “a small drama with some gunfire.”
While the title of the film wasn’t disclosed, according to Ray’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page he is currently involved with a production called Bad Blood: The Hatfields and McCoys. None of his other works are labeled as in progress.
Ray said on Saturday that the crew had been in the area for a couple of weeks. The production company for the film is Synthetic Filmwerx.
Some actors included in the movie include Jeff Fahey (Lost, One Life to Live), Tim Abell (Soldier of Fortune, We Were Soldiers), Perry King (The Day After Tomorrow) and Priscilla Barnes (Three’s Company, Mallrats).
A Facebook fan page belonging to Griffin Winters, another actor in the film also said the name of the production was Bad Blood: The Hatfields and McCoys.
Winters’ fan page also indicates that Lionsgate, a large film studio, is involved with the production.
Ray, however, did not confirm the Lionsgate connection.
“That’s a pretty big company. That would be nice. I don’t know,” Ray said. “The company is called Synthetic Filmwerx. That’s the company. It’s not Lionsgate.”
Ray said the movie wasn’t large-scale, and that it may go to television or DVD first.
“We’re definitely going out through some venue, we’re just not decided yet what it is,” Ray said. “You kind of have to have a film finished usually in order to sell it.”
Ray said the film should be ready to hit the market in four or five months.
“Probably by summer for sure, maybe sooner,” he said.
Ray also said a lot of money has been spent by the production company in the state and the region.
He said everyone was staying at Parkview Motel in Bardstown and employing Mammy’s Kitchen restaurant as the on-set caterer.
Ray is based in Los Angeles, Calif., and said he couldn’t afford to fly actors and actresses out for some of the lesser parts in the movie.
“So a lot of the characters that are in the show are being played by people that were cast out of Louisville and some out of Indiana,” he said. “The costumers, the art people, they’re all local. We hired a lot of local talent, and put a lot of money into restaurants in Bardstown.”
Ray said he also employed nearly 70 Civil War re-enactors and approximately 40 horses.
He said the farm they used “was just a sprawling area that we could do a Civil War re-enactment at, and a lot of horse riding. We needed a river that ran through the property, and we found all of these different things at this one location.”
Ray said he scouted the locations. He connected with Troy King, a producer from the Louisville area, at a film festival in Louisville.
“(He) convinced me that they had the wherewithal to make a picture here,” Ray said. “Normally I don’t travel. Being that the story takes place on the Kentucky and West Virginia border, we thought, ‘Well, going to Kentucky would probably be better than trying to shoot it in Southern California,’ which is what they where talking about doing it.”
Bringing a production to Kentucky proved costly, he said.
“I probably spent more money getting everybody here and taking care of them after they were here than I did on a lot of other things,” he said. “At a point, I think I bought 130 nights worth of hotel rooms.”
The weather also proved tough for the folks from Southern California.
“I mean, we’re not used to it,” he said. “We’re not used to standing in it. I said, ‘There’s no actually getting warm here. It’s just a level of how cold you are changes.’”
Ray’s resume includes titles such as American Bandits, Frank and Jesse James, and Sea Snakes.
One of his films, An Accidental Christmas, is playing on television now, he said.
Ray said filming in Springfield would wrap up on Dec. 18.
“It’s been good and we’re glad to be done and it all turned out pretty well, so we’re pretty happy and all looking forward to getting home before Christmas,” he said.