Film project underway in Sparta
By Rima Austin | October 8, 2018 5:57 am
There are several film projects in the works for Sparta, and one of those is the production of “Raising Phil and Ernie.”
White County native Linda Lee, who is an author, screenwriter, producer, and director of the future film, wanted to shoot the movie in her hometown. “Raising Phil and Ernie” TV series began airing on All Nations TV, on Sept. 9, 2018.
The series is being filmed on location in Sparta, and White County residents Michal Huff, Gregory Jackson, Richard Eller, Kenneth Cooksey, and Kayleigh Auna Lee, as well as award winning New York actress Charlotte Haug and Arkansas actor Buddy Campbell, will be starring in the production. Campbell is most famous for the roles he played in “God’s Not Dead” and “Summer of 67.” There will also be special guest appearances by Stella Parton. Lee stated she came up with the idea when she could not find suitable shows on television to watch with her granddaughter.
“I was watching TV with my granddaughter, and we were channel surfing, and each thing we started to watch, I had to turn the channel because it was not appropriate for children,” said Linda Lee. “I love comedy, and Kayleigh wanted to act, and she was always passed over for someone with more experience, so I started my own production company to bring back good family entertainment and give actors and actresses that don’t normally get a chance to show their talent the opportunity to shine.”
Linda Lee explained she chose Sparta because she lives here, and she wanted to be a part of keeping children active and involved by introducing them into the entertainment industry.
“I am hoping to expand in the near future with a family oriented theater company,” said Linda Lee.
She recently wrapped up making a feature film titled “The Abduction of Emmalyn Rose” and hopes to see it released in early 2019. “Raising Phil and Ernie” is a lighter comedy involving two men who decide, after life deals them some harsh blows, to share a house together.
“They soon realize they are as different as daylight and dark,” said Linda Lee. “With opposite personalities that clash, they often argue, until 8-year-old Charlotte [Charlie] Moore is left on their doorstep. This is a light-hearted Southern comedy.”
All Nations TV can be received as an app on a smartphone, watched through Roku, or for additional information on how to view the channel call (855) 937-7247.