The film's producer,
Would that boy happen to be
Petrie declined to say.
"I don't want to give too much away," he said. "If people can have a bit of patience and wait a couple of months, it'll be special."
Petrie and writer-director
Scenes were shot in front of Tupelo Hardware -- which required a part of
"It was important to us to film it here because we love it here," he said. "It's intertwined in the fabric of
He declined to state the time period for the film, but classic cars from the 1930s and 1940s were on the set, and costumes appeared to be from that era, too.
When asked if the film was based on any true events, Petrie said it's "punctuated with a couple of facts."
The 65-member crew was made up of local and regional film professionals.
There were only three in the cast:
Petrie has worked on special effects for films like "World War Z" and "Muppets Most Wanted," as well as TV shows like "Call the Midwife."
Petrie will return to
He expects "The Gift" to be finished in early 2015. From there, it will be shown at "high-level film festivals around the world," he said, and they hope to return to
He thanked Tupelo Film Commissioner
They've eaten at most restaurants in town and even taken in the PBR rodeo and The Beach Boys concert at the
Petrie said he'd love it if he had the opportunity to film in
"I believe in filming where it feels right, and if
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