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Film to shoot in Sullivan County; Legislators discuss ‘horror’ film

The abandoned Apollo Plaza is one location to be used in a film with the working title “Jamie Marks is Dead.”
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

By Fritz Mayer
February 20, 2013

Deputy county treasurer Nancy Buck said, “It’s not really a horror film.” That was after county chair Scott Samuelson said, “I’d like to see maybe a non-horror movie next time,” which prompted a round of laughter.

The exchange came at a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on February 14, and the legislators were pleased that the producers of a film, with the working title “Jamie Marks is Dead,” have decided to shoot just about the entire movie in Sullivan County.

According to Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, her organization has been working with the film company on a daily basis to get them to not only shoot most of the film in the county, but also to have the crew stay at accommodations within the county and make use of county businesses as much as possible.

One of the locations is the abandoned Apollo Plaza, and another is Monticello High School. Shooting is expected to begin within the next couple of weeks.

The film is based on a novel entitled “One for Sorrow,” and is about a high school student who is murdered, Jamie, and the friend who can see his ghost, Adam.

Here’s an excerpt of a review by Marc Wielage posted on Amazon.com: “Soon after investigating the place where Jamie’s body was found, the boy’s ghost haunts Adam and becomes a friend—or so it seems. At different times in the story, the reader is convinced that the ghost may actually be trying to drive him insane, or could just be trying to have the living boy join him in the other world as a ghost. The dead boy is presumably gay, and the living boy is presumably straight, but their friendship is extraordinarily close, albeit more like brothers than lovers.

“The plotline is made more complex by the appearance of Gracie, a slightly older, intellectual girl who was the one who originally found Jamie’s dead body. Like Adam, Gracie can also sometimes see the spirits of the dead, but Adam isn’t sure whether her warnings to stay away from the ghosts are honest, or whether Gracie has her own designs on the boy.”

The film is being written and directed by Carter Smith, who, according to a biography posted on the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb), had an initial career in fashion photography before moving into feature films.