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Downtown Shelbyville was awash in the glow of good lighting on Monday.
A film crew from City On A Hill Productions spent the entire day into the evening at the Shelby County Courthouse on 5th and Main streets, blocking the side street for the day and, at some times, one lane of Main Street. The crew also shot at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville at an earlier date.
Producer Cassie Pelan said the movie, Acts of God, nearly is finished shooting, wrapping its sixth of seven weeks of filming, but the film won’t be ready until next year.
“We’re hoping it will be released late next year,” she said.
City On A Hill Productions is a non-profit Christian media company based in Louisville. According to its Web site, the focus of the company is equipping churches to supplement sermons with music and video, supporting ministries with a “video resource they could not otherwise afford” and “reaching out to the unchurched by using media as a tool” to help teach about Christ.
This film, Pelan said, focuses on dealing with pain and suffering and where God fits in with that.
“It’s an ensemble cast where each character is dealing with something different,” she said. “There is a little girl that’s killed in a crash with a drunk driver, and it’s all inter-connected with that and small town living.”
The crew filmed the crash in Spencer County, at the intersection of KY 55 and 155, not far from Finchville.
The film’s characters also deal with cancer and flashbacks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“And the mother is struggling with losing her daughter just after also just recently losing her husband,” Pelan said. “It’s all about their journeys, how they deal with the issues and how Christ helps them.”
Along with work in Shelby and Spencer counties, Pelan said the movie was also filmed in Louisville at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in the Highlands and at several homes.
The crew, she said, is mainly local, with nearly all the staff residing in Louisville, but the cast is a national group with actors from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville and Dallas.
Although the post-production will take a while, Pelan said the film also would be recut into a 6-episode series so it can be used with Bible study classes.
“We’ve been working with Bob Russell, one of the founders at Southeast Christian,” she said.
The teaching episodes will be released around the same time as the full-length feature film.