Taft to stand in for 'Bad City' in 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'
Another movie is going to be shot in Taft, and this one uses Taft as a backdrop for a western horror movie with vampires.
"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is scheduled to starting shooting Friday at several locations around Taft, including the downtown.
City officials and the Taft Chamber of Commerce have already been in contact with the producers and even Taft Primary School and the underpass at Sixth Street and Warren Street are going to used as locations.
Chief of Police Ed Whiting said police are talking with the production crew about street closures, and City Manager Craig Jones said the city is working on collecting the deposit for the fees (including police) for the filming.
"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is a small independently produced and personally financed film, said line producer Michael Zampino.
Its a horror movie without a lot of gore, shot in black and white much as the older horror movies were.
Its a story of redemption with a happy ending, Zampino said.
It's sort of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" meets "The Quick and the Dead."
The movie's Facebook page sets the movie in "Bad City."
It is ruled by the film's villain, Zampino said, and the hero, a female, comes to the town to get rid of him.
It's got romance and a happy ending, too.
"In the end the girl and boy ride off into the sunset," Zampino said.
Filming is scheduled to start on Jan. 16, Zampino said.
Zampino said Taft's small-town look and feel attracted the filmmakers.
"It's the architecture, its the downtown feel," he said. "To us, Taft is a character in the movie."