When Jack Kelley, 1998 HFL graduate, left Honeoye Falls to study Architecture at Yale University, little did he suspect he would one day return as a Hollywood producer. Yet, that’s precisely what he did last week, bringing his independent production to the village for some on-location shooting. Hush-hush to avoid too many onlookers, we can now reveal the inside information Jack told our publisher (who interviewed applicant Kelley on behalf of Yale in 1998).
Local film locations included Ye Mendon Tavern, some local roads, Jimmy’s Garage, a private residence, Enjoy Coffee, Rotary Park, as well as the cemetery and the Mendon Library. Kelley contacted old acquaintances as well as current Mendon Town Supervisor John Moffett and current Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne.
Kelley says, “We chose the area because the story takes place in a small town in upstate NY, and since I know the area and have connections here, this seemed like the logical choice. John Ruby and I are the executive producers. We created the story together; I wrote the script; he is starring as “Luke Williams”. Other actors are Antonio Jaramillo, Kerry Knuppe, Jesiree Dizon and Ann Russo, who was playing the real estate agent.”
The budding movie mogul anticipates to have the film completed and ready to take to festivals and market the distribution rights sometime around December or January. Kelley sees it coming out in early 2017, “but that’s still TBD.”
Once everything’s in the can, expect to see the Sentinel’s own Hollywood correspondent interview with Kelley right here on the pages of your favorite hometown newspaper.