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December 23, 2008

source: austin360

Another Texas film swiped by Shreveport

More evidence that Shreveport, La., is sucking away Texas film business: Austin filmmaker Anthony Burns has just wrapped his directorial debut “Skateland” in Shreveport, with some shots done in Marshall, Texas, too. Shreveport, which famously offers substantial tax incentives, poses as East Texas in the film.

The picture’s a nostalgic coming-of-age story set amid 1980s roller-rink culture. Say the producers: “The film follows a young man named Ritchie Wheeler who has to make tough decisions about his future when he is forced out of his job at the small-town roller rink.”

The cast includes Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene (“Twilight”), Melinda McGraw (“The Dark Knight,” “Mad Men”), Taylor Handley, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen (“Lost”), and Haley Ramm (“X-Men: The Last Stand”). Plus two dozen Texas roller derby skaters.

Austin-based Freeman Film and Reversal Films are producing the movie. Actor and co-writer Heath Freeman and co-writer Brandon Freeman are UT alums.

Post-production will be complete in May. We’ll keep you posted as things progress.

More about “Skateland” HERE.

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