1974-06-23 TENNESSEAN Film-Boost Agency Urged for Nashville_20A

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according to Acadian tradition, to prove his fitness as a horse by Film-Boost Film-Boost Film-Boost Agency Urged for Nashville has be Tele-J By IRENE WALKER Nashville could become a film making center if Metro Government would set up an agency to encourage movie producers, a producer and Metro Trustee Glenn Ferguson Ferguson said in a recent inter- inter- Tor-rence. vo- Hospi- a view. Joel Briskin, associate producer of "Framed", which just finished filming in Nashville, supported Ferguson's Ferguson's idea that Nashville needs a local government agency to advertise the city as a film location site and assist visiting producers. "WE CAME down in March to look Nashville over, and quite frankly we were about ready to leave," Said Briskin. "Coming to a strange town is almost like going to a foreign country. We didn't know where to co. where to find good locations or even where to get a doctor if we needed one.'' Glenn F'ergtison learned that producer Mort Briskin (Joel Briskin's father) and crew were scouting Nashville Nashville through a mutual friend. Sheriff Buford Pusser. Briskin produced "Walking Tall", the story of Pusser's one man fight against the syndicate, in West Tennessee in 1972. "FERGUSON literally took us in hand," said the younger Briskin. "The first day he drove me around and showed me location possibilities. possibilities. It was one of the most successful location days I've ever had." The Division of Media and Communications, under the State Office of Economic and Community Development, assists filmmakers wishing to locate in Tennessee. Dorothy Ritter, director of entertainment industry relations relations in the Media Division, Division, works most closelv with the filmmakers but was unavailable for comment. ANNE JACKSON, director director of Media and Communications, Communications, explained why the department might have missed Briskin and his crew in March. "We were fairly new in March, Mrs. Ritter was just taking up her position, and I'm afraid we weren't very well publicized," she said. Mrs. Jackson said that they had worked closely with "WAV. and the Dixie Dan-cekings," Dan-cekings," Dan-cekings," a movie starring Burt Reynolds recently filmed in Nashville, and has been contacte by Robert Alt-man Alt-man Alt-man (producer of MASH) who plans to begin filming here July 8. "WE HELP them coordinate coordinate their filming locali ties and generally help them find what they need," said Jackson. "We're also working on a guide to film location possibilities possibilities in Tennessee to send to producers which we hope will be published in the very near future." "Framed" is the story of a professional gambler who is railroaded to prison by a political clique, encounter the Mafia in orison and after four years is released. He returns to the scene of his "crime" determined to un cover the "frameup" 3nd clear the Mafia out of the prisons. IT IS a "Middle America" type of film which Briskin enjoyg making most. "This film could've been made anywhere in Middle America," emphasized Ferguson, Ferguson, differentiating "Framed" from other films made in Tennessee which depend on Tennessee atmosphere atmosphere and character. "The point is they chose Nashvill "The film industry is good for the economy of Nashvil and should be encouraged," Ferguson added. Building Blast Kills 10 in Peru PUCALLPA, Peru (UPI A fiery explosion Friday in 9 brewery in the final stages of construction killed 10 workers, authorities in this northeastern northeastern Peruvian jungle town said yesterday. The showcase brewery was to be inaugurated tomorrow, in ceremonies at which the minister of industry was to preside. As a result of the explosion, explosion, the event has been postponed at least three months. AFTER settling on Nashville Nashville as the location, Briskin discovered that "the cooper ation was just fantastic. "People let us film in their homes we did a very important important scene in the den of David Caldwell's home we met great cooperation on every level of government and the night clubs on Printer's Printer's Alley really opened up to us. "I'm leaving with a great feeling. Briskin continue" think 'Framed' is ten times better than 'Walking Tall." IN appreciation of the Nasnviiie community, oris kin plans to premier "Framed" here Oct. 1 and contribute the proceeds to a local chantv. "Ferguson and I will be keeping in contact with each other the next few months We're really planning to do it ud bic. said Briskin "there will lie press from Chicago and New York, we 11 be bringing the stars back for it and there will be a lot of Paramount executives. There will probably be a formal ball." Joe Don Baker, who played Buford pusser in "Walking Tall." will star in "Framed." LOCAL TALENT in the film include female lead Conny Van Dyke, country singer turned actress, and all of the extras in the film. Jim Foglesong. president of Dot Records in Nashville, worked with several local songwriters to partially score the film and part of the product ion crew was hired in Nashville. H 6

Clipped from The Tennessean23 Jun 1974, SunPage 20

The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)23 Jun 1974, SunPage 20
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