Cut! Movie wraps up in Prineville
Shooting wrapped at midnight on Wednesday in front of Prineville's Pine Theater for the low budget independent film Man Maid.
The comedy, starring Sara Rue and up-and-coming actor Phillip Vaden, shot several scenes in Prineville and Redmond.
"I really, truly love this country up here, so it's nice to spend time here," said first time film director Chris Lusvardi. The director's wife, Brandy, was born in Portland and grew up in Gladstone. She still has family in Oregon.
The 22-day shoot began July 1.
Lusvardi said the location was chosen when Mike Mason of Fluid Images in Sisters found the New Redmond Hotel.
"It fit the script," said Lusvardi.
Prineville locations included Riggs Road, Lamonta Road, Carey Foster Road, Second and Beaver Streets in front of the old Crooked River Lanes, and the old Pine Theater, said Prineville Police Sergeant Ray Cuellar, who helped secure the shoot.
"We are loving this area, said producer Jeanine Rohn. "We drove through one time and saw so much stuff to shoot."
Vaden, who plays man maid Vincent Van Metcalf, agreed.
"We're using really great locations in Prineville, Redmond and Bend," he said. "They have all got this honest, untouched quality about them."
Along with having family in the area, Lusvardi also likes the people here, saying it's easy to do business in Oregon.
"We've really enjoyed our stay," he said. "The Prineville Police Department was incredibly helpful. They did a really good job with balance - helping us while keeping the town's best interest in mind."
The comedy will play on the festival circuit, Lusvardi said.
"It's pretty common for films of our size," he said. "Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, American Film Market, Tribeca, Berlin, Venice. We'd love to show it in central Oregon at some point so people can see what we did."