‘Maysville’ movie set in the Twin Cities is coming to Amazon to air at Midway cinema

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By Isabel Vander Stoep / [email protected]

An independent film set in Lewis County, featuring notable locations in Centralia and Chehalis, is now available to stream on Amazon.com and will soon air one-time only at Midway Cinema.

“Maysville” is a coming-of-age story set in the Appalachian Mountains of the 1920s. It follows a boy struggling with the challenges of abuse, tragedy and love. Near adulthood, he finds himself in Maysville, Tennessee, where he tries to leave behind a haunting past.

The story is fictional, although it draws on moments in the life of writer, director, producer and editor Leslie Goyette who grew up in Furnace Mountain, Kentucky.

“The things the boys do in the movie are things my sister and I did. We played with guns, ”Goyette said. “We drove the tractors. We used to climb 50ft to the top of the barn just to get up there. And the thought of my kids doing that these days terrifies me. But you know, we worked in tobacco, we were tobacco farmers and I know how to work hard. “

The film begins with a focus on a friendship between two young boys. Goyette’s son is an actor and had worked with the son of Seattle-based Maysville filmmaker and producer Michele Englehart.

Out of the blue, Goyette sent the script to Englehart.

“The story was so compelling. There’s something going on inside of page 15 or 20 that’s like, “Oh, did that just happen?” And so I got to that part and texted Leslie and said, ‘OMG.’ She says, ‘OMG okay? Or bad OMG? ‘ That’s when I picked up the phone, ”Englehart said.

With the casting of the two boys, the filmmakers began to search for locations.

A friend recommended Centralia and Chehalis for the historical drama and put them in touch with Mary Kurtzbein, a volunteer at Borst Home in Centralia. The house was perfectly suited for the time and became one of the main filming locations.

From there, the pieces came together by chance. Jeremy Wildhaber, owner of Jeremy’s, became another location scout and served as a chef, set manager and unit production manager. Dave Freeman, owner of the Tower Tavern, donated his time and talent as a backstage photographer. Angie and Taj Brumfield, owners of the Lewis and Clark Hotel, authorized filming in the hotel at no cost. Flint DeKoker, owner of Centralia Junk ‘N Da Trunk store, provided props and appeared as an extra along with several other locals.

“We asked them a lot and they volunteered, and the only thing we can say is that Maysville is a love letter to Centralia and the people,” Goyette said.

Although the producers did not release the exact final budget figure for the film, Goyette said that was about what it would cost to “buy a whole new pumped up truck.” If you were to buy a nice F-350 or something. Whereas the average studio film costs several million dollars.

“The feedback we’re getting on the movie is, ‘Wow, that feels like a much bigger movie, closer to a studio movie than what the budget was, by far,” Englehart said.

As a period piece, the producers said Maysville didn’t match the avant-garde qualities of many independent pieces at film festivals, so they released it on Amazon instead, where it can now be rented for $ 3. $. As part of a “family of storytellers,” Goyette said the story might be different from modern films, but she felt compelled to tell it.

On Thursday, December 16, Maysville will have its only theatrical performance at the Midway Cinema at 8 p.m. There will only be 90 tickets available on a first come basis. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5323726. Extras will be sold at the door.

For the first time ever, these iconic Twin Cities scenes, including the Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train, Lewis County Courthouse and more, will be seen on the big screen and on the home screen. For Kurtzbein and other volunteers, immortalizing these places through film was the greatest reward.

“We just have an amazing community here. And that’s how it’s about having that investment in our community, ”Kurtzbein said. “Feeling the effects of, now that it’s out, people can go and see our love’s work.”

Other local contributors the filmmakers wanted to shout out are David King of the King Agricultural Museum, the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum crew, Tiffany Etherton and Jessica Kearsey. Watch the Maysville trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bduO2vFRcyc.


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