Picture this: Lodi having its own international film festival, with 200 to 300 movies being shown during a three-day period next August at Hutchins Street Square. There could be six or seven films shown at a time in different rooms at Hutchins, said Lodi resident Barry Ware, one of three business partners in the venture.
Ware said he hopes that the film festival will draw Hollywood moguls and people from all over the world to watch the films.
“We’re looking at 4,000 to 10,000 to see the first festival,” Ware said.
Sound ambitious enough?
Ware and business partner Jim Shoemaker, both Lodi residents, have several irons in the fire. They include:
- Starting a monthly movie night at Hutchins Street Square starting Oct. 15.
- Forming their own production company called Draylor Productions.
- Finishing up the script for their second movie.
Called “Film Night at the Square,” a movie will be shown on the third Friday of the month. The first movie to hit the screen at Hutchins on Oct. 15 will be “Bad Faith,” which was filmed in Lodi, Woodbridge, Stockton, Sacramento and the Delta.
There will be no movie in December, and there are some scheduling issues that need to be worked out in some cases, Ware said.
Ware and Shoemaker were busy in June filming a 25-minute trailer for a movie called “Operation M.I.S.T.,” starring Ware and veteran actors Louis Mandylor and Richard Tyson. It was filmed in a man-made “cave” in a warehouse on East Pine Street.
Ware is waiting for legal paperwork to be completed so they can seek investors to finance production of the full movie.
Since that time, Ware has written what he describes as a trilogy — “Fissure,” “Insistence” and “Project Aoxia.” He plans to film each of them separately, but then combine them into a single film.
“We’ll come up with a new title when the full movie is done,” said Ware, whose business card reads “producer /writer/actor/sets/props.”
Ware plans a 10-day shoot — half in Bodega Bay and half in the Lodi “cave.”
The trilogy involves six people on a charter sailboat who head six hours west from the Ecuador coast and get shipwrecked on what appeared to be an uninhabited island.
They get rescued onto the island and end up in a small cave with government operatives creating synthetic rabies to use as chemical warfare.
Ware and Shoemaker are partners in Draylor Productions, while a third partner, Bryan Martin, of Elk Grove, is involved with the film festival. To reach Draylor Productions, send an e-mail to Barry Ware or Jim Shoemaker at email@example.com.
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