TRUMANN — “Ghosts of the Ozarks,” a film that was shot in Trumann at the height of the pandemic, is slated for release in early February.
The film is set in post-Civil War Arkansas, when a young doctor, played by Thomas Hobson, is mysteriously summoned to a remote town in the Ozarks, where he discovers that the utopian paradise is filled with secrets and surrounded of a threatening and supernatural environment. presence.
Tara Perry, one of the film’s writers, producers and actresses, said Wednesday by phone that the film is set to be released on February 3 in select theaters, as well as digital or video-on-demand which will be released on several platforms such as than like Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu. Perry added, “Unfortunately, these won’t be theaters in Arkansas yet.”
Perry said the film received great reviews and she takes it as a compliment when people tell her they’ve never seen anything like it.
She noted that everyone had to “wear multiple hats” during filming. She and her husband, Jordan Wayne Long, produced the film at the height of the pandemic with co-producers Matt Glass and David Arquette.
The film was also directed by Long and Glass, who also served as the film’s composer.
Perry is from Jonesboro and her husband is from Bald Knob, she noted, so they knew they wanted to film him in Arkansas.
She said her father, John Perry, owner of Stonebridge Construction, told her about the land he bought after visiting her on a film set one day in Los Angles, and they thought it would be perfect.
She said Long and Glass went straight to work building the fictional world and converting a stretch of vacant land into a dynamic movie set.
Perry said they probably moved 400 tons of earth and built all the buildings from scratch.
“I tried to warn them about the mosquitoes,” Perry said, laughing that as they edited the film she would say, “I told you. There’s a mosquito.
The Arkansas couple also got script help from screenwriter Sean Anthony Davis.
Perry also stars in the film, alongside other star-studded Hollywood actors including Arquette, Hobson, Phil Morris, Tim Blake Nelson and Angela Bettis.
The crew began filming on June 15, 2020 and continued through the end of July 2020, Perry recalled.
“We had some challenges with Covid starting to say the least and had to push it back a few weeks.” Perry said: ‘Nobody got sick. We were able to keep everyone safe and everything went extremely well.
Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen recalled on Tuesday that the filming went very well, adding that even though it was filmed at the start of the pandemic, the film crew did a good job of keeping people isolated and no one had had COVID-19.
“We are very happy with the release,” said Lewallen. “Some of our locals had extra roles, and they did,” she added, noting that the main cast stayed in hotels in Jonesboro most of the time for security reasons and that everyone wore masks when possible.
Lewallen said she hopes “Ghosts of the Ozarks” brings in more people and that we get to see more locally shot movies.
“Barbara was a gem,” Perry recalled of the mayor, “She was so kind and helped in any way we needed and the townspeople were just amazing.”
Perry noted that now that they have a working film set, the couple hope to shoot there again in the future.