Film crews in central Florida amid COVID-19 pandemic

Film crews in central Florida amid COVID-19 pandemic

Maitland, Floride – We’ve all had to make major adjustments just to do our jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and the movie industry is no different. The film that opens the 2021 Florida Film Festival bears witness to this.

“Because of Charley” was filmed in Central Florida at the height of the pandemic in September 2020. The film was shot over 21 days in Celebration, Kissimmee and Orlando.

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Production had a COVID compliance manager on set at all times. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which is the actors union better known as SAG-AFTRA, detailed the filming protocols during the pandemic. Key members of the “Because of Charley” team were tested every other day. They also had their temperature checked regularly and wore masks between scenes.

The on-screen movie magic of making you forget that COVID-19 ever existed is especially important to “Because of Charley” as the movie is set in 2004. This is the year a series of hurricanes. tore the Sunshine State apart, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. . Hurricane Charley was particularly severe in central Florida.

Actors John Amos and Ashley Jones rehearse for a scene from the film Because of Charley (Credit: Enzian Marketing)

Because of Charley stars legendary actor John Amos who you probably know best from his acclaimed work on the 1970s sitcom Good Times and the historic miniseries Roots. In “Because of Charley,” Amos plays the patriarch of a distant and racially mixed family who come together for a family reunion. They are forced to face their differences in race, age, faith, gender and sexual orientation while huddling in a hallway to weather the wrath of the storm.

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Actor John Amos as grandfather in the film Because of Charley (Credit: Enzian Marketing)

“The role of grandfather spoke to me. I felt the character fit like an old shoe, and the complex interplay between the cast of the ensemble was compelling, ”actor James Amos said in a Florida Film Festival press release.

“Because of Charley” will premiere at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Fla. On April 9. Tickets are on sale now.

Director Jon Binkowski prepares a scene with the cast and crew of Because of Charley (Credit: Enzian Marketing)

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