Isabella Sutton, a Temple University film student, drove out in a rainstorm from Philadelphia to the West Marlborough township meeting on Dec. 6 to ask the supervisors' permission to shoot part of a film in the township.
Ms. Sutton is producing the short film, called "The Bandaged Heart," and told the supervisors she was searching for a "beautiful country road" for the two main characters to walk along, ideally with a sunset view. She found the perfect spot along Wilson Road near Doe Run village. She said the film crew will comprise 15 to 20 students, and they will be covered by insurance.
Wilson Road will be closed for the filming from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. The supervisors asked Ms. Sutton to coordinate with township road crew supervisor Hugh Lofting to make sure signage is in place to alert motorists. Rain, but not snow, may change the crew's schedule, she said.
Ms. Sutton has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $3,000 for production costs. She writes that the crew members "are seniors on different tracks in the film program and are putting one film together combining all skill sets . . . Making a short film requires a lot of dedication, time, and funding. From paying for locations to gas, it can add up quickly."
She summarized the project as "a narrative short film that all can relate to. The film portrays themes of isolation, abandonment, harassment, and how these relate to the LGBTQ community. Our primary focus in this narrative is to, through symbolism and careful storytelling, bring attention and awareness to persecution of LGBTQ youth in rural America."