L.A. filmmaker sought beauty of bluegrass for new film

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 6:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – An independent film with a message is gearing up for production right here in Louisville. It's called "Produce' and it will start shooting the end of the month.

So why Louisville? The Los Angeles filmmaker told me the interesting story about how the stars aligned and all pointed to possibility city.

Filmmaker Milan Chakraborty calls Terre Haute home but he's fallen in love with Louisville.

The LA-based filmmaker spoke to a group at the University Club today on the importance of film and filmmaking in Kentucky.  He told the crowd he had plenty of cities to choose from when deciding where to shoot his independent film called "Produce." But after driving past Slugger Field over Derby weekend, he was sold.

“The last scene of the film is at a baseball field. It was just so perfect.  It was beautiful. I was like that's it," Chakraborty said.

The film is about a baseball player that returns home and has a complicated relationship with his daughter. But a chance meeting with a boy with Down syndrome in a local grocery store, he turns his life around.

"Think like Radio and the Blindside without the sports," Chakraborty said.

He plans to employ a local crew and will shoot scenes at Slugger Field, downtown along the Waterfront and in St. Matthews.

Local Entrepreneur and Filmmaker Gill Holland said the rest of the country is realizing all that Kentucky has to offer filmmakers.

"So as more and more people see Kentucky on the big screen, then the more film makers come to shoot and actors and more crew members come to shoot. Then word is gonna get out and organically and we are gonna build a great new economic business for Kentucky," he said.

To Milan this is more than a film, it's about awareness. He's hoping it will help educate people about Down syndrome and all the groups and research and development that's happening right here in Louisville.

“What I have been amazed to find in Louisville, is that there is state of art facilities like Down Syndrome of Louisville that doesn’t exist elsewhere. From pre natal to the adult they are willing to teach people achieve independence," Chakraboty said.

He cannot reveal the cast just yet. He will be shooting here for a month and a half. It's set to be released sometime next year.
 

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