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GH grads make film

November 23, 2013


Nov. 23--An interest in cinema has led a couple of Grand Haven men to create a two-hour feature film.

For the past 15 months, Jordan Foster and Paul Ortega Jr. have worked with friends and family to bring their story idea to life through writing, filming and editing "Lone Rivers."

The film follows the life of a man who is depressed, but finds hope with the help of a girl, and he eventually becomes a symbol of hope for his younger brother.

Although they can't show their film publically yet, their family, friends, crew and castmates will watch it for the first time Monday night. They hope to eventually enter it in film festivals.

Before "Lone Rivers," Foster created the advertisement that runs before Grand Haven 9 features that prompts movie-goers to turn off their cellphones.

He said that's what "sparked interest more" in making a film.

The duo's project began as a 30-minute short film, but progressed into something more after a five-hour-long discussion with friends in Ortega's basement.

Foster, 25, and Ortega, 22, recruited friends and family to become a 23-person cast and crew. Friends are also making original music for the film.

They started filming in late May in locations throughout West Michigan. The Grand Haven spots include Lakeshore Middle School, Morning Star Cafe, Hope Outlet and Second Reformed Church.

"The amount of support we have for this is mind-blowing," said Ortega, a 2010 Grand Haven High School graduate.


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