The rumors are true. Rumer Willis is coming to town for production of the film, “The Odd Way Home,” and will be staying up at the Buckhorn Saloon’s guest house, in Pinos Altos.
New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Monday that New Mexico production companies Slant Productions and Sandia Media will start production on the independent feature film in mid-July and shoot in and around southern New Mexico including Silver City, Las Cruces, Deming and Hillsboro. Shooting will run through August.
The production will employ at least 38 New Mexico crew members, including 15 interns from New Mexico State University and 22 New Mexican principal and background talent. Several Silver City locals are expected to be extras in the film as well.
Thomas Bock, chef/proprietor of the Buckhorn, said that someone associated with the film had been in the historic saloon and contacted him about filming there.
“They contacted us about four months ago,” Bock said. “Someone had been in here and thought it would be perfect for what they are doing.”
Willis and others on the film are expected to arrive in town on July 22 and shoot for three or four days. Willis will be staying at the Judge Roy Bean House during filming. The Buckhorn won’t be closing during that time and locals like Moose from the Murray Hotel and Buck Burns, of Manzanita Ridge, will be extras in the film, Bock said.
The film stars the 23-year Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and actors Chris Marquette (The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog), Brendan Sexton III (The Killing), Veronica Cartwright (Alien, Witches of Eastwick) and Bruce Altman (Matchstick Men, Glengarry Glen Ross). It follows an unlikely couple — a young woman named Maya who is escaping an abusive past, and a Duncan, a reclusive young man with autism, who meet when Maya hits the road and finds herself broken down in the tiny New Mexico town where Duncan lives.
The film is written and directed by New Mexico resident Rajeev Nirmalakhandan, who co-founded the creative production company, Slant.tv and teaches directing, editing, documentary filmmaking, and cinematography at The Creative Media Institute, at NMSU.
The film has found support in the autism community, according to testimonials on the website.
“We’re just really excited that they are coming and looking forward to showing them a cool part of New Mexico,” said Bock.
For more on the film, visit http://www.theoddwayhome.org.
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