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Local drive-in selected for short film

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
"Broiled" cast members (from left) are Barbara Doyle, Andrew Klass, Julie Mitre, Elizabeth Stenholt, Kevin Edwards, Brian Walsh and Megan St. John. St. John is the executive producer and founder of Chicago-based Third Wheel Entertainment.

A local business will serve as a shoot location for a new short film.

Megan St. John, executive producer of Chicago-based Third Wheel Entertainment, plans to use Jay’s Drive-In as a backdrop for a scene in the film “Broiled.”

The drive-in’s co-owner, Vicky Wilken, said St. John found the business on Facebook and Google, prompting her to stop in and ask if her crew could shoot there.

“With its classic 50s/60s appearance, it fit the vintage vibe we were looking for perfectly,” St. John said.

The story is a comedy with a love story and dark twists that will run about 35 minutes.

“Set in rural America, the film is the story of two girls and two boys who coincidentally rob the town bank on the same day,” St. John said.

Additional scenes for the film will take place at farmhouses in Malta, a house in Genoa, and the Moon Dance Diner in Maple Park, St. John said.

“One of the characters works at a drive-in, which is why they asked to use Jay’s,” said Wilken. “This should be cool.”

Filming will take place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, before the drive-in opens for business.

“This is the first time we as owners will have something big at Jay’s,” Wilken said.

Wilken said that before they purchased the drive-in, singers performed and photo shoots took place at the business.

She plans to watch the film with her husband, Terry.

St. John, who wrote the script, will not only direct but also star as one of the film’s main characters. She has been working hard with her team to get the movie off the ground.

“From the location scouting to the prop gathering, to the auditions and rehearsals and numerous production meetings, everyone involved in this project is excited to be a part of it,” St. John said. “I have met so many nice people who are eager to help and get involved in this production, that I just can’t help but think it is going to be a success.”

Pre-production began in February, and auditions were held in May with filming being completed on weekends this month.

“When the film is finished, we plan to submit it to various festivals, with Sundance being our number one goal,” St. John said. “We also plan to hold various screenings in the Chicago area.”

Video samples of work by Third Wheel Entertainment can be seen at www.thirdwheelentertainment.com.

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