After overcoming many obstacles, including the lead actor breaking his leg, production for the movie "Seven Nights" is advancing.
Actor and Zanesville native, Bryan Friday said the crew wanted the movie to be purely independent. It’s been years in the making and had to be suspended while Friday healed after breaking his leg.
Now, he and the rest of the crew are ready to go. He said they want to keep Hollywood out of the movie and the movie out of Hollywood.
"Over time that we’ve been working on this project and we said why do we have to shoot this in Hollywood? or why do we have to do it the Hollywood way?" Friday exclaimed. "Let’s do it as a grassroots hometown effort, get the hometown people involved where it was written for anyway and just see what kind of excitement and support we can get from local people, and that’s why we’re doing it."
To raise the excitement, and funds for the movie, there will be a fundraiser Saturday June 13 at the Moose Lodge on West Pike. It starts at 7:00 p.m. Screenwriter and Newark native, Wendy Casey said they even want to tap into local talent for the film.
"I know Bryan and myself cannot be the only creatives in this area," Casey said. "It’s our hope to be able to tap into other talents. If we’re able to film here then people who might be sitting on that talent might actually get to explore their own talents."
Friday and Casey said they’re looking to raise $250,000 for the movie and hope they can begin filming in Zanesville sometime next year.