Production for new movie begins in Crossville

Production for new movie begins in Crossville

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The movie, which is still unnamed, is described as a psychological thriller based on a snake handling cult. The movie, which is still unnamed, is described as a psychological thriller based on a snake handling cult.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - Production on a new movie continues in East Tennessee. It's being filmed just outside Crossville at Camp Nakanawa.

More than 100 people signed up to be extras on Thursday. The film makers choose 40 to 50 of those people to be in the film. Most of them are from East Tennessee.

"Today is what we consider our big extras day," said producer Jeffrey Allard, who also produced the most recent "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

"We got here at 7:00 a.m.," said Kate Cimino, an extra from Knoxville. "We been doing some scenes, like one scene we had to play with a ball and pass it around."

"I was getting pampered by my fake mother," said Christopher Figueroa, an extra from Crossville. "It's been really fun."

A change in state law, announced Wednesday, will provide about $2 million in incentives for companies to make movies in Tennessee.

"That is one of the first things I looked up," Allard said. "We missed out at the time. They had a minimum budget of $1 million. We are coming just under that amount."

The change in law lowers the minimum budget from $1 million down to just $200,000.

Allard plans to see if he can still apply for some of the new state incentive. "They are hugely important," he said. "You can receive up to 35% of your budget in incentives and rebates. For us, that would be extremely meaningful."

This movie, which is still unnamed, is described as a psychological thriller based on a snake handling cult. It will wrap by the end of May.

"It's a good experience," said Megan Ely, an extra from Sunbright. "It's just a lot of fun."

The movie should be released in about a year. All the extras, who will be working for three to four days, have volunteered their time.

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