SOUTH BEND – You don't often run into cameras, several of them, at the airport. But on Monday afternoon, dozens of members of a production crew filmed a scene from the upcoming movie "Swan Song" at the South Bend Regional Airport.
Andrew Tallackson is a co-producer of the film. He worked as a photographer in Michigan City for more than 15 years and says this movie is going to be neat.
"I really believe this is the best script they have done so far. Everything I have read over the past few years is absolutely incredible," says Tallackson.
The movie revolves around a grandmother who is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, while she pushes her 13-year-old granddaughter to use her singing talents in "Alice in Wonderland."
One of the stars of the movie grew up right here in northern Indiana and says filming here makes his job much easier.
Anthony Panzica plays the father of the 13-year-old. He says one of the biggest reasons this movie will be successful is because of his crew's hard work.
"This scene right here might be two minutes or so. As you can see, there is probably 70 people on set. A lot goes into it. Everyone is working hard."
One scene will end up taking several hours to film. Additional recording will continue through the summer, and this fall, crews will begin editing. That is the next step to a release.
"The goal is to start sending this to film festivals, starting with Sundance in February, and have a major studio pick it up. The goal is to have this in theaters by next year," says Tallackson.
The movie, "Swan Song," is through the director's La Porte County production company, FilmAcres. It is written by his wife, actress/screenwriter Dorothy Tristan, who plays Karen, a former star of stage and screen who may be suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. When her 13-year-old granddaughter, Julie (newcomer Grace Tarnow, who attends La Porte's Kesling Middle School), comes to live with her, the two clash. Then, Karen discovers Julie has a powerful singing voice, one that helps her score the lead role in a stage production of "Alice in Wonderland." That triumph bonds grandmother and granddaughter together in ways they never imagined.
Panzica, a 1996 John Adams High School graduate, plays Arthur, Julie's father, who arrives to check on his daughter, particularly as concerns mount that Karen's health is declining.
Want to be an extra in the movie?
FilmAcres also is rounding up extras to portray the theater audience for the movie's production of "Alice in Wonderland." Hancock, inspired by how last year's Oscar-winning film adaptation of "Les Miserables" filmed the actors singing live instead of to recorded tracks, will do the same with footage obtained at IUSB. Singers and dancers will perform several selections, many written by longtime Hancock collaborator Orville Stoeber and complemented by a pit orchestra. That scene will be shot Sunday, July 28, at IUSB. About 400 extras are needed. Anyone interested in appearing in the scene is asked to submit contact information and a recent picture to email@example.com.