Independent film set to shoot in Joliet in August
8/11/2016, 2:09 p.m.
Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk announced today that an independent film production company will begin shooting a movie, Kingfisher, on August 20.
The fantasy/comedy, which takes place in the fictional town of Kingfisher, includes a plot that involves ghosts, witches, and werewolves. The film will be directed by Chicago native Austin Vesely who previously has directed award-winning music videos. His most recent music video “Angels” by Chance the Rapper is nominated for “Best Hip Hop Video” at the upcoming 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
“We are very excited that this production will come to Joliet and will feature our citizens and showcase the sites and scenery of our community. Movie productions are a vital part of our city’s economic development efforts,” said Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk.
“We are very happy that this film is being made in the wonderful City of Joliet and in the great State of Illinois,” said Brett Hays, one of the movie’s producers and a principal at Champaign’s Shatterglass Films.
“We look forward to working with Joliet city officials on this venture and we have already received a warm welcome and offers of assistance from them.”
Steve Jones, Joliet’s Assistant City Manager and economic development director said that the production is a great way to showcase the city and the amenities it has to offer to potential visitors.
The Kingfisher production will use local talent in the movie and will feature unique Joliet area locations and vehicles in the film.
Persons interested in being an extra in the film should send information, including their name, age, a picture, and their availability, along with email and contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Youth ages 12-18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.)
If you think your home or office would make a unique film shoot location or, if you have an interesting car, truck, or van that could be used in the filming, please send an email with a picture of the location/vehicle to email@example.com. Those 16 and older who are interested in being a movie volunteer or intern should send their name, age, and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any production questions call Brett Hays at (217) 416-0494.