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2010-08-12 / General Stories

Lexington Becomes Part of Growing Film Industry

by Nancy Thomas

Actors Briana McKeague, Akilas Abera, and San Lorenz inside Kelley Brown’s house located on Rockdale Street in the heart of Lexington. Actors Briana McKeague, Akilas Abera, and San Lorenz inside Kelley Brown’s house located on Rockdale Street in the heart of Lexington. Earlier this summer, Lexington and Lee County became part of the growing film industry in Texas. Filmmaker Mario Troncoso brought his cast and crew here to shoot his independent film Naïve.

Troncoso states, “Location scouting is as important as choosing the right actors and I feel very lucky to have found Lexington.”

Three locations were chosen – downtown Lexington, the interior of local native Kelley Brown’s house in Lexington, and Nancy Thomas’ property in Lee County for exterior shots.

The original version of this drama was in Spanish and was scheduled to be shot in and around Madrid, Spain. Troncoso rewrote the story and adapted it to Texas.

Lexington isn’t yet on the map for film making, but Naïve director, Troncoso, found it to be just right for his film. He explained, “We visited Lexington back in March and we loved it. It was the perfect background for my story. As soon as I drove through downtown I knew I wanted to incorporate those streets into the story.”

The production director, Yareiza Otero said “The people are so nice here.”

The downtown scene took place in front of the Senior Citizens Center and local resident and artist Ishmael Soto agreed to act as a townsman giving directions in the film.

Troncoso added “Kelley’s house was an obvious choice because of how much character each room has and how this makes each one very unique. Nancy’s property was chosen for the gorgeous views and beautiful trees and wild flowers.”

Troncoso expects to do a screening in Lexington at the end of the summer then submit the film to film festivals here in the U.S. and around the globe.

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