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By CNJ Staff 

Movie still on, official says


August 9, 2006

Location manager says film crew expected in Clovis next month.

CNJ staff

Clovis residents can expect to see a film production crew around town in September, according to the film’s location manager.

R. Michael Charske confirmed Wednesday he scouted several locations throughout Clovis for the movie “Seasons of Dust.”

“I looked at tons of locations,” Charske said, “but no contracts have been issued.”

The movie is a period piece set in the 1930s, so Charske said he searched for sites that would reflect that specific time period. “Obviously I wasn’t looking at Hastings,” Charske said.

The location scout was evasive about which locations would possibly be used for the movie.

“I just find locations,” Charske said. “It is up to the director to make the final decisions.”’

The film has been written and will be directed by actor/film-maker Tim Blake Nelson, according to several entertainment Web sites.

Orlando Bloom will join his real-life girlfriend Kate Bosworth in the independent drama.

Bosworth plays the role of a girl who moves in with a family of farmers after her grandfather’s suicide, according to multiple Web sites. When one of the farmers attempts to rape her, she runs away with a handsome thief. Bloom is set to play the role of the thief.

Charske said the movie is currently on hiatus due to numerous issues, but is tentatively scheduled to begin filming in the fall.

Liz Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said she hasn’t heard from movie officials in two months,

If “Seasons of Dust” is filmed in Clovis, it will be the second shot in the area.

A film about an Oklahoma girls basketball team called “Believe in Me” was shot in the fall of 2004.

The independent film has not been released yet.

In the dog days of the Great Depression, Janey (Kate Bosworth) takes refuge with a farm family after her grandfather’s suicide. When a family members tries to rape her, she injures him badly. Not knowing if he is alive or dead, Janey flees, and ultimately takes up with Ricky (Orlando Bloom), a dashing crook who is also on the lam.

With the law and two hired hit-men hot on their trail, Janey and Ricky engage in a frantic cross-country odyssey, trying to stay one step ahead of their determined pursuers. But it's a journey that seems destined to end in tragedy.



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