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Lights, Camera, Indie Action

Published: Mon, July 8, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.





Matt Palka of Toledo immediately thought of Youngstown when looking for a city to film his latest indie creation.

With its various scenes of hard industry and natural landscapes, the city’s diverse culture offered everything the young filmmaker needed.

“From that first visit to Youngstown, I fell in love with the community of artists here. It’s a prolific and well-rounded group of artists that welcomed me into their community,” Palka said.

Filming started in early June on Fifth Avenue on the city’s North Side on the still-untitled film.

A bright yellow Volkswagen Karmann Ghia could be seen from Wick Park surrounded by actors and cameras. Screen writers Palka and Mary Kate Schellhardt also star in the film about a Hollywood actress who blows into town only to befriend a traveling musician.

Palka, who is a musician as well as a film maker, describes himself as a storyteller.

“Whether its in book, film or music, I love the creative process and the magic that seemingly bubbles up out of nowhere,” he said. “And working with a community of artists to discover endless possibilities is a close second to getting lost in nature.”

With Youngstown’s industrial past, artistry and film offer a look to its future.


1isaac45(267 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

that's it?

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2gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Vindy, don't post these moronic posts. Imagine these people show an interest in our area to shoot a film here and here come these horses behinds. Look if the people shooting this film are reading this please ignore these dbags. They are an extreme minority who do not represent our area. The one poster above is one of those tea party nut bags. The vast majority of us welcome your interest in our area and wish you nothing but good luck with your film.

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3zz3(934 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

lucky they didn't get a cap in their you know what! That 70% of Thugstowns population could care less about a film crew. It is always good that someone is thinking of promoting this area but the biggest population of the area is not the best marketing tool, but good luck with the film hope you come back. We need all the help we can get, just take a look.

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