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Jonathan Moore's Movie Shoots In Gradyville

This article first appeared in issue , and was written by Staff.

For the second time in 2001, readers are hearing about the making of a movie in Adair County. This time it's Jonathan Moore, son of Joanna and former ACHS coach Nelson Moore, who is filming a movie here. (The first was student Matt Arnold, son of Ben and Margaret Arnold of Columbia, who filmed Resurrection Mary here in March. Both Matt,26, and Jon, 32, sought graduate training at distinguished film schools in California - Matt at USC and Jon at UCLA.) Jon based his script on a story by Kentucky author Chris Offutt. He wrote a treatment and sent it to Offutt thinking he'd never hear from it again. To his surprise, Offutt was welcoming of the idea and asked only that he have a speaking part in the movie. Offutt came to Adair County briefly for a scene shot at the Janice Holt Giles House, in Spout Springs.

Jon turned the Gradyville Post Office into the Clay Creek Post Office for a day. His mother, Joanna, took a week off from her job at the Kentucky Christian school in Campbellsville while Jonathan was in town. She and Nelson have both been key suporters of Jon's efforts.

VICKY PIERCE, Gradyville Postmaster, thought the movie making process on the day of filming at her post office went well. Shooting had to be halted so patrons could get in to collect their mail, and Pierce said that all the customers were patient andmost seemed interested in the filming process.

The youngest star of Jon Moore's movie is Miss Jefra Bland, age 10 (pictured below with Jonathan). She is the daughter of Vickie and Jeff Bland and the granddaughter of Sharon and Bear Reece and Valta Bland, all of Taylor County. Jefra has been acting since she was 5, and plays the role of Kayla in the movie.

This story was posted on 2001-05-30 12:01:01
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