“You should make a film in Youngstown”: a local film will premiere next weekend
BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – One week starting Friday at Movies 8 in Boardman, a movie called “Youngstown” will premiere in the Youngstown area.
Andy Faulkner and Stephanie Hunt are the two stars of the new film titled “Youngstown”.
“And I always thought how awesome Youngstown would be as a backdrop for a movie,” producer Jesse Reed said.
Reed graduated in 2005 from Liberty High. It was he who convinced his friend and director Pete Ohs to make a film around Youngstown.
“Once again, he texted me out of the blue: you should do a movie in Youngstown. And it happened at the right time, and I thought it sounded really fun, ”Ohs said.
“Youngstown” is the story of a woman in the witness protection program.
“And she’s originally from Youngstown and is placed somewhere else and loves Youngstown so much that she can’t resist coming home,” Reed said.
“And then once we got over there and started learning the real history of Youngstown, we were like, ‘OK, that’s perfect. We must have absorbed that from the universe, ”Ohs said.
Plaza Donuts in Liberty was a location used in the film, as were the Canfield Fair and the New Dawn Salon & Day Spa in Hubbard.
“It’s kind of like a Shakespearean city in a way, you know. That it was so built and that everyone left after the steel. I’ve never been to a place like this before, so I was really fascinated by the city, ”said Hunt.
“But it’s mostly comedy. It never really gets that heavy. It’s really fun and it’s just a jump to the surface, ”Ohs said.
The film actually premiered last weekend at a film festival in Boise, Idaho, and will be replayed this weekend at another film festival in Tacoma, Idaho. Washington State.
The “Youngstown” screenings around Youngstown will take place next Friday and Saturday – October 15 and 16 – at Movies 8 in Boardman.
The hours are at 7:30 p.m. on both evenings. Director Pete Ohs and producer Jesse Reed plan to be there.