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Romantic comedy being filmed in Floyd

October 4, 2013


Oct. 04--Filming for the romantic comedy Geographically Desirable has begun, and now the crew is gearing up for a shoot in Floyd October 14-18.

Mike Kravinsky, who wrote the script and is directing the film for his company Nextnik Films LLC, based in Virginia, said the shoot in Floyd will be the "biggest thing we're doing....The window of opportunity is small so we're hiring lots of people to make sure it goes smoothly."

Geographically Desirable tells the story of a woman "who basically lives and breathes her job" in TV news in Washington, DC, "so much...she can't even keep a plant alive," Kravinsky explained. "She works the overnight shift, so her world is a little fuzzy." An uncle that she remembers from when she was younger passes away suddenly, and in the process of going to his funeral in the small town in which he lived, she finds out she has inherited his dog and house. She wants to sell the house and move back to DC, Kravinsky added, but "the town grabs a hold of her in their kindness and won't let go. She also meets a guy in town."

Kravinsky said when he was writing the script, he wanted a small town that had both rural roots but was also an artist community. He said he was "thinking there were all these places around the country" and then wondered what there was in Virginia. He went to the internet, and the first thing that came up in Google was Floyd. Kravinsky recalled it was a Thursday and he was reading his script. Both he and his wife work from home in the DC area, and he told her had to go to Floyd. He drove to Floyd and said he was not disappointed. "It was exactly what I wanted."

He wasn't planning on telling anyone about his plans during his visit here and just walked around town until he went by the Chamber of Commerce office. The Chamber's director, Melodie Pogue, was there along with Jason Gallimore, who oversees festival promotions at the local Chantilly Farm. Kravinsky began talking to them. "The next thing I know I'm getting all this support." Kravinsky said he was told about the thriller House of Good and Evil that was filmed in Floyd last year and was given contact information for that film's producer, Blu de Golyer.

After he returned to DC, Kravinsky said he also started getting emails from the local residents offering assistance. He came back a second time and met with owners of businesses in which he plans to film.

The filming will be concentrated in Oddfellas on October 14-15. On Wednesday morning, there will be scenes in New Mountain Mercantile and on the street, and beginning that afternoon, the crew will begin setting up at noon for the re-creation of the jamboree at the Floyd Country Store. On Thursday, plans are for filming to continue at Dogtown, along with scenes along the street. Friday will be reserved for anything that has been missed.

Kravinsky said professional actors from the DC area will be starring in the film. Also being recruited are extras. "We are using a lot of extras in Floyd."

Five actors, 7-8 crew members, Kravinsky, his wife and their dog will be making the trip to Floyd for the filming. The Kravinskys' dog, whom he describes as a Benji-looking dog, is a female, cockapoo terrier mix and a rescue dog from Mississippi. Charlie is a part of the film.

Stefnie Cerny, Chamber intern and high school senior, has agreed to help with social media. Pogue and Gallimore -- who will be given a producer credit, will be part of the film. Woody Crenshaw of the Floyd Country Store is helping with the re-creation of the jamboree at his business and is also getting together a band for the scenes there. The band apparently will be playing original music that will be pre-recorded for the film, and the group will be lip-synching during the film, Kravinsky said. "It gives us more control when we're editing. There will be moments where there is conversation on the dance floor."

Kravinsky said he also met with town manager Lance Terpenny. "Everyone I have dealt with in the town has just been terrific."

The director said the only permits that he will secure are "no parking" permits in front of locations where they're filming.

The 95-page script will result in about a 93-minute film, and Kravinsky expects the principal shooting to be completed by November 8 or 9. He plans to spend the winter editing the film. "Probably in mid-March we're going to have a small screening of people who don't know anything about the film and get their reactions to see if we need to do re-editing."

The film is anticipated to be out in June, but before that time, Kravinsky will submit it to film festivals. He added he would like to do a screening at Chantilly Farm prior to June.

Kravinsky said the goal is for the film to be in theatres. "I have fantastic locations, great actors, an experienced crew. The script is pretty tight. I worked with a screenplay consultant in Los Angeles. We worked for days."

The film has quirky and unusual moments, Kravinsky continued. "I think it's a good script, a good story."

The film will be shot in several other locations -- Washington, DC -- which is the setting of the film, an editing house in northern Virginia, an office, house, apartment and restaurants. "The amount of stuff being shot in Floyd is huge," Kravinsky said. "We're going to be in one location shooting while setting up in another location."


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