Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Marys Rolls out Red Carpet for Hurricane-Recovery Film; the Movie's Director Says the Town and Its Residents Are Helping Make the Film Better

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Marys Rolls out Red Carpet for Hurricane-Recovery Film; the Movie's Director Says the Town and Its Residents Are Helping Make the Film Better

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

ST. MARYS - Movie director Jesse Wolfe was given an offer he couldn't refuse Wednesday.

He was looking at locations in St. Marys to film the movie "Eye of the Hurricane" this summer when a resident offered to loan him some Army surplus trucks and water storage tanks for the movie at no cost.

Then, the resident made an offer that stunned Wolfe.

He was looking at a old, dilapidated Chris-Craft boat when the owner, Paul Donahue, made his offer.

"I told them they could utilize it any way they saw fit," Donahue said. "I told them they could even destroy it as long as they didn't bring it back to my property."

Wolfe grinned broadly and eagerly accepted the offer. He said the boat will be used in a scene depicting a hurricane's devastation of a small Florida town.

Wolfe said he was surprised by the offer, but he's getting accustomed to the Southern hospitality and generosity shown since he and producers first considered St. Marys as a location for the movie.

After producers toured the city in April, the script was partially rewritten because there are so many scenic locations to film, Wolfe said.

"We will have a film that looks five or 10 times the budget because of the generosity in this town," he said. "It's raised our expectations for our film."

The production company's website estimates the movie's budget at $850,000.

Production designer Lawson Brown described the possible locations as a gold mine.

"This is a set director's dream," he said. "We'll have a good time here."

Some of film's crew will arrive in July to build sets that will transform St. Marys into a small Florida town recovering from a hurricane.

Once filming begins in late August, about 85 to 100 people will be in town, staying at local bed-and-breakfast inns, rental homes, apartments and motels. …

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