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Portions of Feature Film “Alabama Moon” to be Shot at Bridge City

12/05/2008

Baton Rouge, La – Portions of a feature film being shot in Louisiana will be set at Bridge City Center for Youth (BCCY) in Jefferson Parish. BCCY, operated by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, will serve as the setting for a number of scenes in Alabama Moon, a movie starring John Goodman and child star Jimmy Bennett. The film crew will be at BCCY next week.

Bennett is the young "Captain Kirk" in a new Star Trek movie to be released in 2009. He has an impressive list of film credits for a 12-year old, including nominations for Young Artists Awards for his roles in Evan Almighty, Firewall and Daddy Day Care. He shares a Young Artists Award with several other actors for their performance in The Polar Express.

An engaging character actor and leading man, award-winning actor Goodman has a home in New Orleans and a legendary acting career that includes a lengthy list of television and film credits.

The two stars will meet again in Alabama Moon, after acting together in Evan Almighty, a 2007 movie with a cast of stars.

Alabama Moon producers are Kenny McLean and Lee Faulkner, veterans of numerous feature films. Line Producer Robert Ortiz has to his credit Monster’s Ball, also filmed in Louisiana. Alabama Moon Productions is producing the film, using mostly local production staff.

Alabama Moon is based on the novel by Watt Key. The coming-of-age story is a survival tale about 11 year old Moon Blake, raised in the woods by his father, a Vietnam veteran with a grudge against the government. Moon grew up in a primitive shelter, hunting and gathering his food. He knows only two people, his father and a storekeeper. After his father dies, Moon intends to find his way to Alaska, according to his father’s wishes, where no one can find him and he could make a living from trapping. Local authorities, however, plan to make Moon a ward of the state. Moon learns to make friends and enjoy some of the trappings of civilization during a brief stay at a boys' home. While there Moon hatches an escape plan, taking two boys with him back to the woods. Moon begins to question the lifestyle and beliefs taught by his father, especially when his friend needs medical attention. This adventure story is full of lessons on being self-reliant.

Alabama Moon is slated to be released in theaters in summer 2009.