Filmed in Augusta: Crew selects “Hometown USA” for the impartial movie “Tulsa” – Life-style – The Augusta Chronicle
After filmmakers Scott Pryor and Gloria Stella from the Atlanta area shot some scenes for an earlier film in nearby Wrens, Georgia, they selected Augusta as the location for their entire current project, Tulsa.
“What I love about Augusta is that the people were so friendly and helpful,” said Pryor, who wrote the film and appeared as Tommy, a Marine Corps veteran whose life is turned upside down when he learns that he is 9 years old -old daughter named Tulsa. The spunky blonde is under care and has tracked down her father in hopes of a family.
“Augusta feels like hometown USA It’s very comfortable,” said Pryor.
Filming began on July 8th with crews in Augusta through August 2nd. Stella, the film’s producer, has her own Augusta relationships. A graduate of Evans High School who attended Augusta University, she said she was glad to be in familiar surroundings again to film it.
“Tulsa” is an independent film with underlying messages.
Like the character he wrote, Pryor is a veteran of the Marine Corps. His previous film, Black Bear, which was partially shot in Wrens, focused on Marines returning from Afghanistan and dealing with issues such as PTSD.
The film had a small theatrical release and was released on Amazon in June.
Pryor said he wanted to shed light on the problems uniformed officers face.
“‘Black Bear’ shows some of the challenges veterans face and the fact that we don’t support our veterans as much as we should,” he said. “This theme carries over some of them, but it is not the main theme. It’s more of an underlying. “
Stella also produced “Black Bear” with Eric Roberts on the cast.
In “Tulsa”, Tommy’s character is also struggling with PTSD and he has had other tragedies in his life. C&C Automotive will also be the motorcycle workshop where Tommy works.
Other regional companies that may be recognized in the finished product include The Pizza Joint, Marbury Center, and T. Harry Garrett Elementary School, which was used to film a papa-daughter dance scene.
John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in “Dukes of Hazzard”, is slated to appear in the film. His scenes are shot shortly before the end of filming.
Not only does the film focus on veterans, it has a theme of faith as well. On July 18, the cast and crew gathered in a residence to film scenes of Tommy waiting for a social worker to visit. Before filming began, they took time to pray over the scenes being filmed.
Pryor said the parish also had the back of the project. He cited New Life Church as a church that supported the film.
Not only is the film being shot in different locations around the city, but the producers have hired local professionals to work on it. Bryton Entertainment’s Denton Adkinson and IndieGrip crew are among the Augusta area residents between 20 and 25 who have been won over to the project.
Stella said several Augustans were used as unpaid background actors.
Stella said she expects this film to be released by the end of 2020.
After “Tulsa,” Stella has a few more projects on the horizon and said she could see at least one of them being filmed in the Augusta area.