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Frontline Films sees Corydon on the ‘big screen’

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Jan. 19, heard a request, from Jesse James of Frontline Films, to gain permission to shoot a movie in the county.
James said the film would be an independent action movie with ‘a lot of guy stuff’ and would film mainly areas within the Corydon town limits.
James said one likely scene would have a stunt man jump over a burning vehicle on the south bridge of Capitol Avenue near Alstott’s Ace Hardware. He said it would take place early in the morning and that the road would be blocked off for a time.
‘We have burning cars in the fairgrounds all the time,’ Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes joked.
Mathes said James would have to get permission from the Indiana Department of Transportation to use the road. He also instructed James to attend one of Corydon’s town meetings to ask for permission to shoot the film. The board also requested a script of the movie be sent to the commissioners’ legal counsel, John E. Colin, for review.
James said he took many photos in and around the town to see how it would appear on video.
‘I was really impressed with it. I sent it to the director, and he was really impressed,’ James said. ‘We’ll make whatever arrangements are necessary to get this done.’
James said he wants to portray Corydon’s small-town persona in the movie.
‘This movie will make its rounds to every major movie festival in the world, from France at the Cannes (film festival) to the big cities in China,’ he said.
He also said Corydon and the county will be recognized in the movie. Filming is slated to begin in late February and continue through May, he said.
James said Frontline Films is trying to secure actor Bruce Campbell to star in the movie. Campbell plays Sam Axe on USA Network’s ‘Burn Notice’ television series.
He said the movie would be comparable to the 2006 film ‘The Marine.’
In other matters last Tuesday evening, the board informed Harrison County Regional Sewer District consultant Bob Woosley, from Heritage Engineering, that the stormwater responsibility still lies with board of commissioners, not the RSD. But, the commissioners will delegate certain projects to the sewer board, Commissioner James Goldman said.
The regional sewer district was the first in the state to have the capability to oversee stormwater issues.
The matter was brought up because of a flooding issue just outside of the town limits of Lanesville.
Goldman instructed the district to contact Congressman Baron Hill’s office about potential funding and to work on a solution for the resident affected. The district also will attempt to involve Floyd County to see if there’s any plan to mitigate the stormwater flowing down river into Harrison County and Lanesville.
The board of commissioners will next meet Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse in Corydon.