MORRISON – The independent film primarily shot in Savanna has completed its post-production and will be coming out soon.
“Hunting God,” directed by Illinois native Justin Jackola, is a found-footage drama that follows a recent widower who, when reunited with some old buddies to film a hunting show, comes across a supernatural presence that forces him to confront his faith.
Most of the film was shot at Grandpa’s Cabin, part of the Bill Delp Photo Studio on Zion Road, about 6 miles outside of Savanna. Delp restored the 1837 cabin to its original glory and rents it out.
“Whether it was hunting guides, a truck, or a generator, if we needed it, Savanna stepped up,” Jackola said. “In fact, Bill and his partner Rhonda, both extremely talented photographers, became part of our team shooting still photography, and behind-the-scenes photos for the crew. The entire shoot was just a fantastic experience.”
The team is in the process of finalizing distribution deals.
“We’re negotiating deals with theatrical distributors, TV networks, streaming platforms, direct to DVD, and our agents are working to finalize the deal, or, combination of deals,” Jackola said. “We’re really excited about this and look forward to partnering with these distributors so we can put together a release schedule for the film.”
The 25-person film crew spent 3 weeks in northwest Illinois, and wrapped up filming in April. In addition to Savanna, they also shot at CGH Medical Center.
The film was the first project landed by the Northwest Illinois Film Office, which is based at the Rock Falls Tourism Office.
Gary Camarano, film office director and Whiteside County economic development director, said they are planning to schedule a showing of the film in the area once it comes out.
“This is great news; it caps off a successful first year for our film office,” he said. “We had three projects in northwest Illinois this year, ‘Hunting God’, HBO’s ‘Lovecraft County’, and an industrial documentary. It has been a pleasure working with all of them.”