Under The Big Top in Leadville, Thanks to the Lions!
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You Outta Be in Pictures . . . . “Ma” Jones Is!
On July 17, it was “Quiet on the Set!” at The Scarlet bar in downtown Leadville as film crews used the historic saloon as a stage set for a new indie film with the “working” title: West of Her.
Director Ethan Warren with Corner Piece Productions describes the story line as “the story of two young people on a cross country road trip participating in a gorilla art project.” More specifically, the film’s online description states: “On the verge of despair over his inability to find his place in the world, a young man named Dan signs on to travel the country with a mysterious stranger named Jane, laying cryptic tiles in the road; but as they debate what the tiles mean to them, they come to learn that it’s up to each of us to answer the questions we’re haunted by.”
Not only will movie-goers eventually be able to see a local historic saloon – once again – highlighted on the big screen, but one of Leadville’s most cherished veteran bartenders, Linda “Ma” Jones will hopefully make the big screen with some of the film’s scenes shot in the bar last week.Linda “Ma” Jones passes through a scene as a bartender in the new indie film “West of Her” part of which was filmed in The Scarlet bar in Leadville on July 17.
“It took some arm-twisting to get Ma to agree to be the bartender (in the film),” said Scarlet owner Lee Trujillo, “but we’re thrilled she did – she’s a natural!”
The director (and writer) was inspired to put Leadville in the film when during his own road trip a couple of years ago, he “happened upon a cool little oasis in the middle of Colorado!” He knew he wanted to include Leadville in the (film) couple’s cross-country trek. The movie crew who hail from across the country and Canada, also shot scenes on Harrison Avenue as the actors laid the “tiles” in the road, as well as out at Turquoise Lake at the Molly Brown campsite.
According to Warren, they hope to make it into the film festival circuit in 2014/2015 and that the movie will inspire someone to bring it to a wider audience.
Good Luck Corner Piece Productions – and thanks for putting The Scarlet and Ma on the big screen!
Here’s a more extensive video on the film and its crew: