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Thomas L. Phillips says Lance E. Nichols to star Where I Begin

Actor appears HBO's Treme. Nichols has also appeared in several major films.
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By Thomas L. Phillips & Melanie Addington
News on Where I Begin movie planned for filming in Columbia, KY

Veteran actor Lance E. Nichols is now formally attached to star in the new independent film, "Where I Begin," to be filmed in Columbia, KY this summer.

Nichols, who can currently be seen in his reoccurring role on HBO's "Treme," starring Khandi Alexander (who plays his wife on the show), Melissa Leo, Steve Zahn, John Goodman and Rob Brown. Nichols is known for his diverse roles in films such as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Welcome to the Rileys," "The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New Orleans," and "American Violet."

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The film will be directed by award winning filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips, now a Columbia, KY resident.The script was co-written by Phillips and Melanie Addington and the team is also co-producing.

Film is character study in small town life

"Where I Begin" is a character-study in small town life, and asks the question, can you ever really go home? Can you ever really escape it?

After 10 years away, Jacob thought that returning to his hometown after high school may find him the closure he sought. But for those he left behind, the consequences of one fateful night have forever altered their community. Haddy, who has spent her life in the shadow and whispers of her fathers sins, is the only one brave enough to reach out to him.

When Jacob returns, his mother Connie, best friend Tyler and the girl he tragically left in his wake, Kristen, find themselves once again intertwined and all must face old ghosts. For Haddy, their lives act as a mirror to her own buried needs. She must face up to the reality that the small town she once loved may not be her future while Jacob searches for a way home again.

Director grew up in small southern town

"Having grown up in the small southern town like the one where we'll be shooting, it is my goal to create a very authentic and accurate portrait of the characters and the region itself," Director Thomas L. Phillips said. "I love character driven stories, and Where I Begin is just that story. The kind of movie that an audience can identify with. The reality is in the script and in the town itself, and the actors will take that reality and make it their own. I have made two features and have loved them both, but now I have made my way back home, and I am making what I have always dreamed of making." For more information, please visit:

Film will be Phillips third feature filmThomas L. Phillips and Melanie Addington

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Actor from Benjamin Button to be in Columbia, KY film

2010-06-10 - Photo from Thomas L. Phillips and Melanie Addington. Columbia, KY
"Veteran actor Lance E. Nichols, Above, is now formally attached to star in the new independent film, 'Where I Begin,' to be filmed in Columbia, KY this summer," from Thomas L. Phillips and Melanie Addington write in a news release about the movie production Phillips, a Columbia, KY resident and an adjunct instructor in the Mass Communications Department at Campbellsville University, is planning to film in Adair Co., KY.

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