July 17--RALEIGH -- Young actors Tye Sheridan and Kaitlyn Dever star in an independent film being shot in a home off Hillsborough Street.
The movie "Grass Stains," written and directed by novice filmmaker Kyle Wilamowski, is a small operation but packed with big talent.
The movie stars Sheridan and Dever, both 16, in a coming-of-age drama about first love over the course of the summer and the guilt of a teenager whose prank causes the death of his girlfriend's older brother.
Sheridan made his debut with Brad Pitt in Terrence Malicks' "Tree of Life" in 2011 and worked opposite Matthew McConaughey in this year's indie hit "Mud."
Dever stars as the youngest daughter on the ABC show "Last Man Standing" and has appeared in the Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher" and Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," among other television and movie roles.
Shooting for the film began about three weeks ago, said producer Matthew Perniciaro, who grew up in Raleigh. Perniciaro, who also worked on "Fanboys" and "The Cold Light of Day," among others, expects filming in the Raleigh neighborhood to last another week.
"We started location scouting about two months ago and looking at things," he said. "When we got started working on the project, we thought Raleigh would be a great place to shoot the film because it does take place in a suburban kind of city."
The home's owners are selling the property, so the film crew knew the house would be empty and available.
A crew of approximately 25 is working on "Grass Stains," and the aim is to have the film finished by the end of the year. The film does not have a distributor yet, said Perniciaro.
"We will look to submit it to festivals first; it is that kind of movie, a small drama," he said. "We have had a lot of success in the festival circuit, so that is where we will start."
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