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Shelbyville, Hollywood, Columbia share a moment in the news
By Linda Waggener
Thank you Mayor Pam Hoots for calling to say our Columbia Magazine family had representation on WDRB TV Wednesday morning when they featured the CM Shelbyville annex known as the Sixth and Main Coffee House.
Mayor Hoots said, "Your son Tom was on the news this morning!" The website will have gotten dozens of extra clicks throughout the day as I've watched it again and again. It made my day.
The city of Shelbyville, including Pen and Tom Waggener's Sixth and Main Coffee House, made news because famous movie folks are there working on a biopic being directed by super star Ethan Hawke called "Wildcat." Filming was done in Shelbyville Tuesday and moved on to Frankfort Thursday and Friday. The subject is American novelist Flannery O'Connor, who will be played by Hawke's daughter, Maya Hawke, and is set in the 1950s.
The professional WDRB Tv team - reporter Stephan Johnson and videographer Neal Johnson - gave Shelbyville the kind of publicity a downtown just can't buy. Soaring video places viewers right downtown on the corner of Sixth and Main Streets, with a look eastward to their historic courthouse and many of the restored buildings in between. Local citizens are interviewed for their experiences.
Shelbyville Police Chief Bruce Gentry told WDRB the movie company paid for police department overtime to allow Main Street to be shut down from Sixth Street to the Courthouse so filming could take place with extra security.
According to Wikipedia, "Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925 - 1964) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and 31 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries.
"She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a sardonic Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters, often in violent situations.
"Her writing reflected her Roman Catholic faith and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics. Her posthumously compiled Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and has been the subject of enduring praise."
Thank you Mayor Pam for your early morning call to share this good news! Maybe Ethan Hawke will come to Columbia for a future film and let his daughter Maya play our famous Adair County novelist Janice Holt Giles.
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