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March 28, 2014

Champ making return to the big screen this summer

PORT HENRY — An independent motion-picture project centered on the legendary Champ creature will be shot around Port Henry this summer.

Producer/Director Lori Kelly-Bailey of Oneonta, who previously made the independent film “Mineville” in the same area, said she will be shooting in Essex County in May and June.

The production, “Champ-O-Sauras: A Mocumentary,” is a fictional story about a documentary filmmaker who visits the Adirondacks attempting to debunk the legend of the Lake Champlain monster.

“Town folks offer the crew little cooperation, until rumors of a reward surface, and the competition and pranks turn deadly,” Bailey said by email.

“The film is sponsored in part by our wonderful community of friends, neighbors and businesses and will showcase some of the area’s finest talent and locations.”

The movie will be on DVD and streaming services when it’s completed, she said.

BIG REGIONAL CAST

Kelly-Bailey and her son, Joel Plue, will co-direct and produce the film. Executive producers are Leah T. Petree-Angone and Marie Ann Logue, with co-producer Jason Loveland, and Kory Rowe as director of photography.

Kelly-Bailey said she and Rowe were going to be in Essex County this week scouting locations.

“One of our favorite locations will be Craig Harbor Canyon in Port Henry. We have booked our lodging and will begin filming on May 24 in Port Henry and Ticonderoga.”

The movie’s regional cast includes Dyani Mae Bryant, Mackenzie Peters, Giovanna Contini-Marrow, Brenda Baker, Rex Baker, Thomas Scozzafava, William Farrar, Cody Lang, Andy Miritello, Randy Miritello, Marie Ann Logue and Peggy Benjamin.

Scozzafava is Moriah town supervisor, while Farrar is the former manager of Crown Point State Historic Site.

Yet to be cast are two children for the roles of a shoeshine boy and a paper carrier.

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