REDDING, Calif. — Cristina Ricci, Mena Suvari and a Northstate native have come together to create the largest scale film production in Shasta County history.
The Upstate Film Commission released new details about the production which has been seen filming in Redding since early February. The film is produced by Archetype Pictures is the second project filmed in Shasta County by Director Michael Ryan and Executive Producer Tyler Lockamy.
Lockamy grew up in the Northstate and has called Shasta County home for most of his life. He graduated from Bishop Quinn High School in 2003 and before that attended Little Country Christian School. He tells KRCR this production is independent and not affiliated with any Hollywood Studio or church.
According to the Upstate Film Commission, the film is shot in 15 Shasta County locations and more than 75% of the film's locations are in Shasta County. Redding local and Lockamy's Bishop Quinn classmate Logan Van Ert assisted the production in securing locations.
"Fim Shasta, the City of Redding and the many residents who have assisted our efforts to film here have been so amazing, and I am excited for the prospect of future film projects here in Shasta County," Van Ert said.
Lockamy told KRCR the production has been hiring crews and equipment out of Los Angeles but the goal is to build the infrastructure in the Northstate to create future film productions in the area that could help stimulate the area economy.
"The community has been great and very accommodating. I'm proud to be from Redding and want to add my own small contribution to the revitalization of the area. Hopefully, we will inspire others to be bold and pursue their dreams. To take pride in their community and overcome obstacles to make our community more whole," Lockamy said.
Between 2017 - 2021, Shasta County hosted over 200 productions contributing over $6 million in local economic impact. Notable projects include Dog, Top Gear, Nature Valley, Ford, Subaru, and House Hunters.