A few local ladies had a chance to get some star treatment in Des Moines last week, bringing back some news that is sure to excite local movie fans. Cecilia Podhajsky, of Traer, and Ardene Cross, mayor of Clutier, attended the 21st Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards on Saturday, May 19.
The ladies were invited to the event by Scott Thompson, the man who produced two films in the area last year. "The Call" was filmed in Traer and "Hometown" was filmed in nearby Clutier. Thompson used the opportunity to announce his next project, "A Place for Heroes", which will bring even bigger names to Traer for filming later this year.
Thompson received the award for best long production in the entertainment field with his production of "Sick of Larry" at the ceremony, along with awards for best actor, best actress and best supporting actor going to the stars of that film.
Local residents Cecilia Podhajsky, of Traer, and Ardene Cross, mayor of Clutier, got a taste of the limelight when they visited the 21st Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards ceremony in Des Moines last week. The ladies brought back the exciting news that Traer will again be hosting filming of another production later this year, with even bigger stars. Here, Podhajsky (left) and Cross (right) pose with actor Ben Easter, the star of various Disney projects as well as “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Both of the local films are still available for purchase in Traer and Clutier. The proceeds from the Clutier film help support the Clutier Public Library and the Clutier Betterment Committee. Proceeds from the Traer film, similarly, go to a good cause. They help support the Traer Theatre on its mission to bring high-quality, affordable films to local residents.
Community assistance and support will be need for successful production of the upcoming film, which is set to begin production later in the summer. The organizers of the film and Ms. Podhajsky and Ms. Cross would like to hold a meeting to get the public involved and informed. The Traer Star-Clipper will have updates on meeting times when they become available, and further updates on the upcoming film.