Hollywood Comes to Gary
Dilapidated buildings, crumbling streets and burned out store fronts aren't exactly what people want to see when looking for a home. But those are things Hollywood location scouts sometimes want when trying to find spots to shoot scenes for a film. Seems Tinseltown has taken to Gary, Indiana recently. The struggling Steel City is trying to capitalize on its misfortunes.
Production assistant Andre King sets up his crew on the set of a new movie being shot downtown
Actually, the movie is new but the story is a familiar one.
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A new version of the classic horror movie Nightmare on
But to bring the town alive, so to speak, parts of the film are being shot in
A chain link fence surrounds this structure now. If you look up you can see that most of the roof is missing. There are beautiful glass windows but they are all broken out. Walk over to the sanctuary and there's just tons and tons of rubble.
The church was shot as part of the History Channel's Life After People series And now, the church is the temporary digs of Freddie Krueger.
WORMAN: They fell in love with this one particular location because it completely, esthetically fit the bill of what they were looking for.
Alex Worman is the unit publicist for the film being produce by New Line Cinema. Worman says the site was discovered by its location scouts.
WORMAN: It's a real glorious, 1926 Gothic church. And, it perfectly fit a horror fantasy like a Nightmare on
Ben Clement heads the city's film and television office. Clement says these types of productions can help bring in more revenue to the city at a time when it needs it most because of a dwindling tax base.
PUENTE: Has that happened?
CLEMENT: It's getting there as evidence by what's going on right now. We're getting there. This is another major step for us.
Clement says at least a dozen films have been shot in
But one film in particular, the 1996 movie Original Gangstas, starring
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It's those kinds of films that Clement hopes to stay away from.
CLEMENT: We're always concerned about our image because our image is not the best. So to combat that we try to minimize that negative image we try to minimize the amount of media or motion picture production that contributes to that negative image.
The mayor of Gary, Rudy Clay, says he's less concern about what types of movies film here, gangster or otherwise.
CLAY: We're not going to be too picky, although we would love to have more movies that don't deal with violence. We're not going to be that adamant about not making movies in Gary and all of that because it's a movie!
Dozens of onlookers from the neighborhood gawked and tried looking for movie stars during the all night shoot.
SMITH: It's ain't no good. They did the train station the same way.
Smith lives in a senior citizens apartment complex adjacent to where the film shoot was taking place. He says
SMITH: No, it's not going to benefit
His buddy, Charlie Wheeler disagrees.
WHEELER: They should use it. Anything helps.
Clement says members of one of the most famous musical families to come out of Gary, the Jackson Five, were in town last week. Tito and Marlon, not Michael.
The family is talking to the city about shooting a reality show based on their lives right here in the city.