ABOVE: Rose Reid, right, a Franklin native and star of “The World We Make,” poses on the red carpet in front of the Franklin Theatre on Sunday night.
Another red carpet movie premiere was held Sunday night at the Franklin Theatre, this time for a film created and shot in and around Franklin.
The World We Make, a feature film about tragedy and romance, was made in and around Franklin, with writers, producers, director, and crew members all hailing from the growing Nashville/Franklin movie industry.
Distinction Films, in association with Nook Lane Entertainment, will release the movie in select theaters nationally on April 19 by myCinema, followed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Netflix releases later this year.
In addition to being filmed in Williamson County, the writer, director, producers and lead actress are from Franklin. And all were there Sunday at the premiere.
The red carpet stretched along the sidewalk, where dozens of photos were made of various producers, cast members and crew.
At the end of the movie, the crowd stayed seated and cheers and applause erupted from different areas of the theater as the credits rolled.
The movie tells the story of 18-year old Lee, a spirited equestrian, and Jordan, an academic and football standout, who are at the threshold of building a life together. But their character is tested when racial bias surfaces in their otherwise-progressive small town.
The film features scenes shot in rural Williamson County along the Harpeth River, shots of downtown Franklin, and several scenes shot in Franklin Housing Authority homes.
The film stars Caleb Castille (Woodlawn) and Rose Reid, and features Gregory Alan Williams (Remember The Titans) and Kevin Sizemore (Resurrection). The film includes a cameo from Mike Nawrocki (VeggieTales), and a cast of supporting actors from Nashville, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
Castille is a former University of Alabama football player who after winning two national championships left football to pursue a career in acting. His breakout role in the Erwin Brothers-directed Woodlawn earned him critical acclaim. He recently appeared in Run the Race, and can be seen next in the new Hulu series Wu Tang: An American Saga.
“We wanted to celebrate young people pursuing their dreams by telling a very timely story that explores an inter-racial romance in our modern times, but do it in a different kind of way from anything else we’ve seen. We wanted to find a fresh path into a very challenging subject matter that is hope giving and inspirational, and positive responses from our test audiences have affirmed that.” director Brian Baugh said.
The original story was conceived by Franklin native Rose Reid, who also plays the lead role, Lee Grove. Writers Brian Baugh, Chris Dowling, and George Escobar developed the screenplay, and producers Ken Carpenter, George Escobar and Brian Baugh brought the film to the screen.
“This is a celebration of filmmaking in Nashville,” producer Ken Carpenter said at the premiere. “Yes, we linked arms with some of our valued colleagues in Los Angeles, but this film represents very nicely the growing involvement of Nashville in the feature film arena.” Carpenter’s recent production of Run The Race (executive produced by Tim Tebow) just concluded a 1,300-screen release by Roadside Attractions.
“Franklin is becoming a magnet for the film industry,” Carpenter said.
Rose Reid stars next in There You’ll Find Me, a young adult romance/drama about an aspiring violinist who trades New York City for a season in a small coastal village in Ireland. The film begins shooting in May in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Reid will be appearing with Academy Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave. There You’ll Find Me is written and directed by The World We Make’s Brian Baugh, and produced by Ken Carpenter.
Distinction Films is a Nashville-area film production company that produces family-friendly original content films for theatrical release and home entertainment. Titles include Sweet Sweet Summertime and There You’ll Find Me.
The production shingle of producer/director Ken Carpenter, Nook Lane Entertainment is a Franklin-based film and television production company. With an award-winning production background spanning television, documentaries, branding films, commercials, and music videos, the company’s primary focus is now narrative feature films. Nook Lane Entertainment is actively involved in the production and development of several feature film projects, each designed to have an additive impact on audiences and on culture.
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