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Faith-based movie films scenes in Franklin

By Carole Robinson
Senior Staff Writer
Pat Dunn, co-owner of The Cowboy Store, only gave approval for a production crew to film scenes for a new faith-based movie at her store but only after she read the script and “loved it.”
Starring in the movie, “Like a Country Song”, Maddie Deutch, Joel St. James  and Kerrie Knuppe, during a break in filming at The Cowboy Store in Franklin. Photo by Carole Robinson

The movie, “Like a Country Song,” is another family movie from SkipStone Picture and producer/director Johnny Remo, whose previous family films include “Cutback” and “Hardflip.” 
 “Co-producer Tammy Hiler told us about The Cowboy Store and it’s perfect,” said Remo at The Cowboy Store recently. “We met Pat Dunn, she read the script and she loved it and let us use the store for free – that rarely happens.”
As the scene was being filmed, Remo saw the need for some additional background actors, and Cowboy Store employee Michelle Burns had her film debut as a shopper leaving the store – and she liked it!
The story of a rising country music star, filming of “Like a Country Song” will be done primarily in the Nashville area, according to the movie’s Facebook page. Jake Reeson, played by For King and Country band member, Joel Smallbone, came to Nashville and has become a hit. Caught up in the grandeur of his newfound fame and fortune, character flaws and the unveiling of secrets from his past threaten his newly attained stardom and his career.
Under the spell of stardom, Jake only has partying and music on his mind when an old girlfriend reenters his life. It is then he is confronted with the truth about the death of his father and is suddenly forced to take a good hard look at the person he has become and the life he is leading. 
“Like a Country Song” is the story of humility and forgiveness in the wake of pain and unexpected burdens.
Billy Ray Cyrus plays Bo Reeson, Jake’s father with Maddie Deutch as Zoe and Kerrie Knuppe as Becca, Jake’s long-lost love. 
The film crew will also shoot scenes at Kimbro’s on South Margin Street.
Known for the quality of songwriters performing at Kimbro’s popular Pickin’ Parlor, “when the producers walked in they fell in love with the space,” said co-owner Will Jordan. “We love being able to accommodate them.”

Posted on: 5/24/2013


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