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Spring River location

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Portions of the movie, "The River," are being filmed at Hardy and just south of Mammoth Spring at Spring River Oaks. Movie writer and director Zac Heath, left, directs leading actor Jason Odor on the banks of the Spring River. Photo by Jan Thompson
Portions of the Spring River at Hardy and south of Mammoth Spring will be appearing in a movie.

Zac Heath, formally of Paragould, Ark., now lives in Malibu, Calif. He is the son of Butch and Jan Heath who own Heath Funeral Home in Highland.

The younger Heath has lived in California about two years. He started his own film company, Inspirational Life, two months ago.

Prior to starting his own company, Heath worked in the movie industry on film crews.

This is the first movie Heath has directed. It is written by him and called "The River." Parts of the movie were filmed at the Bee Run Campground near Hardy and at Spring River Oaks just south of Mammoth Spring.

"I just thought coming back home would be the place to start. The Spring River is a great location for the movie," Heath said.

He said auditions for the movie were held in northeast Arkansas, Memphis and Fayetteville. "There are 25 speaking roles in the movie. We brought eight actors with us and the rest were cast from the auditions," he said. He said seven people from Sharp County will be in one big scene in the movie in the background.

Heath said the movie is a faith-based, Christian movie about a young man coming of age. The lead character in the movie is a young man named Jason who is played by Josh Odor.

"The movie is about Jason who just finished law school and returns to his small hometown for the summer. He takes a job as a youth pastor and starts to question his values in life versus making a lot of money as a lawyer," Heath said.

The director said the movie will be a 17-day shoot. Day eight and nine of the shoot was on the Spring River. They shot portions of the movie the week before in Green County, Ark.

Heath said the movie would take probably six months to complete by the time it has sound tracks added, is edited and produced.

When it is complete it will premier at the Paragould Cinema for a week, and he said he is looking at other locations for the movie to make short runs.

"From there the movie will probably go on DVD and we will try to market it to Fox Family Network and Fox Faith Network," he said.

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