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Calendar > Arts and Culture

Sullivan County makes the cut for new film 'The Awakening'

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

Autumn Schanil | Democrat
From the left, “The Awakening” Producers Michael Goodin, Erik Weigel and Executive Producer Robin Garvick stand just outside of the residence in Jeffersonville where cast and crew were filming.
SULLIVAN COUNTY — Sullivan County had everything they were looking for: rolling hills, valleys, a real home-town feel and lots of cinematic character.
Producers Robin Garvick, Erik Weigel and Michael Goodin have had a cast and crew on set over the last two weeks in Monticello, Liberty and most recently Jeffersonville for their new independent feature film “The Awakening.”
The picture is a dramatic thriller with supernatural undertones and follows the story of a Marine who returns home to take care of his son after his wife is killed in a tragic accident. The film stars Zane Holtz, Tammy Blanchard, Chance Kelly and Azhy Robertson.“The Awakening” marks the directorial debut for Jason Noto who also wrote the film.
Holtz has been previously seen in “From Dusk Til Dawn” and “The Perks of Being a Wildflower,” and Blanchard has appeared in “Money Ball” and “The Good Shepard.

“Liberty fit the bill for a number of reasons,” explained Locations Manager Harrison Lockhart. “It's in a valley and the whole town of Shamokin is kind of up a hill. Also the house lined streets and the economic history matched pretty accurately.”
The house location being filmed in Jeffersonville is representative of the childhood home of the main character. It's a house with distinctive features and traits of being unpretentious and intimate.
“There are so many qualities about where we're filming in Jeffersonville that felt right for the story said producer Garvick.“We wanted to make sure it was a place that really gives you the feeling of coming home."
It took about four days for the film's art department to get the house ready, and much of the crew spent time going to yard sales and estate sales in the area looking for specific items to dress the set.
But the production doesn't stop there, other locations in the county are still set to be filmed through mid-November. “We've had an incredible amount of support from the community, especially from the County Legislature, the Sullivan County Visitors Association and the Sullivan County Sheriff's department” said Goodin. “It has been a wonderful experience and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to spend time in such a beautiful part of the country with such an amazing team."
Although there is no official release date, the producers are hoping for “The Awakening” to be out in the early months of 2018.

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