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By Rosemary Pollock

Living Scriptures Video Series Gets Attention at Film Sites

CASSVILLE, WISCONSIN -- Three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson may have to wait for his chance to film a new movie while history is being recorded by Heber J. Grant, Lorenzo Snow and Harold B. Lee. The prophets will be filming first, as the historical site of the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska is going Hollywood. The drama, part of a 14-episode series being filmed by "The Living Scriptures," follows the lives of the prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Trek West Inc., which produces historical films, will oversee the production of the biographical sketches that will be re-enacted using many of the original sites. Historic Site Director, Allen Schroeder, said an entourage of about 30 will be on hand for the filming, along with 25 local extras.

"Filming will take place at select locations that represent the true look and feel of the area," Schroeder said. "That is where Stonefield comes into the picture." Stonefield represents the estate of Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin's first governor who farmed 2,000 acres below the Mississippi River bluffs during the mid-1800s. In 1953, the area surrounding Dewey's home was designated a historical site and the home is now the State Agricultural Museum.

The farming village and agricultural museum will officially open to the public May 26 to September 30. An open house, with free admission to Stonefield and the adjacent Nelson Dewey State Park will be held on June 3, long after Hollywood has gone.

"We were happy to be able to accommodate them," he said. "They seemed very professional and upbeat when I met them, and the project should be a good use of our space." Stuhr Executive Director, Fred Goss, conducted negotiations with Trek-West in mid-February.

Dan Thomas, associate producer of the series said, "What we were looking for was a place that had a certain look and feel. Stuhr had it." We've been filming all year, but we had to be creative with our schedules."

Bishop Michael McCain and his wife, Kasey got a call from the people at Trek-West asking for extras to work in the film. "I think about everybody except one person said they could do it," Kasey said. "We're from Nebraska, we're not from Los Angeles," Bishop McCain added.

Kasey McCain noted that a scene, which may only be worth two or three minutes of dialogue, took 45 minutes to an hour to shoot. "I'll probably never see myself on film" joked Kiri McClellan, an aspiring actress and student at Westridge Middle School.

Ben Goates of Salt Lake City is portraying his grandfather, Harold B. Lee, during his life from the age of 17 to 24. When the company leaves Nebraska, he believes the schedule calls for filming in Wisconsin and Missouri and some filming will be done in Europe in early summer and in Hawaii in late summer. Goates, a high school senior, is not upset at getting a little time away from school.

The Living Scriptures will market and distribute the film through a wide distribution of videos available by direct purchase or through religious book stores. Kasey McCain was proud of her involvement in the events being portrayed in the series. She noted that some of her ancestors had been involved and she saw it as a "recreation of what they did for me."


Company picks Stonefield site for filming
Dubuque IA Telegraph Herald 30Apr01 A2
By Terry Morgan
North of Cassville: Video series explores the lives of prophets for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Docudrama films at Stuhr Museum
Hastings NE KHAS TV5 26Apr01 A2

Filming of religious docudrama to begin at Stuhr
Grand Island NE Independent 24Apr01 A2
By Mike Bockoven: The Independent

Filming at Stuhr Museum 04/26/01
Grand Island NE Independent 26Apr01 A2
By Harold Reutter: The Independent


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