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Director/co-screenwriter Bruce A. Evans and co-screenwriter Raynold Gideon
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Reviewed by iwantmytvm on December 30th, 2019
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This was a passion project for Evans and Gideon, and they are rightfully proud of the film. (Personally, I recommend it - there is so much happening in it, so many layers, similar to Prisoners from 2013.) They speak to shooting on a limited budget, as they opted, on advice from Costner to produce the film independently, outside of the studio system, which included some subdued product placement. In addition to Costner, they discuss the cast and the positive collaboration and contributions that the actors brought to their roles. Even though they made the film outside of the Hollywood system, Evans and Gideon know Tinseltown well and share anecdotes about various aspects of filming and other films as they elaborate on the effort required to make their script. Shreveport, Louisiana stood in for Portland, Oregon, and proved to be a location that often created challenges. Interestingly this film was conceived as part of a trilogy but was not successful enough at the box office or on dvd to spark interest in a follow-up, but the commentators still had some hope at the time of this recording.
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