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Indie film to be shot in Macon

Macon and the midstate can add another movie to the area’s résumé of big-screen flicks that are or will be filming here.

Director Steve Balderson, whose critically acclaimed “Firecracker” was shown at the recent Macon Film & Video Festival, says he will make a movie called “Stuck!” in Macon this spring.

Julie Wilkerson, treasurer of the festival, said Tuesday that about a month ago Balderson informed festival organizers “he had a film that was set in a small Southern town and he said, ‘I think we can use Macon.’ ”

Balderson’s “Firecracker,” a 2005 independent film starring Karen Black, was lauded by critic Roger Ebert as “profoundly odd.”

“I praise ‘Firecracker’ because it is original and peculiar,” Ebert wrote.

“Stuck!” is about a woman wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to death.

Wilkerson said, “I am 99 percent sure that Karen Black is in this movie as well. ... He’s done a local casting call, and I think he’s cast some local people as well.”

Extras are from the Macon area, but they already have been cast.

Wilkerson said Balderson expects to shoot the movie over a span of two or three weeks this spring. It is expected to end shooting sometime in mid-May.

In a statement released Monday by the film festival, Balderson said, “I fell in love with Macon, its people and the way it feels to be there. People who live in Macon might not understand how special it is there. But us out-of-towners see the magic right away. I was enchanted.”

Two other movies, “The Crazies” and “The Hardest Hitter,” are also being filmed in the midstate.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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