SNELLVILLE – The city is ready for its close up.
After being the backdrop for the AMC television series “Halt and Catch Fire,” the city is once again in the spotlight, this time on the silver screen.
Local actress and producer Francine Locke is currently producing “Inseparable” a psychological thriller being filmed in and around Snellville.
“Inseparable” will be a short film about the unbreakable bond a mother has with her child. Lead character Dina Hewitt, played by Locke, has lost her daughter (Taylor Lyons), as well as her memory, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Key (Michael McClendon), is dedicated to helping Dina uncover the secrets that lead to a shocking conclusion.
Fans of the hit show “Nashville” will recognize Locke as Avery’s no-nonsense mom, Sandra Barkley. She has also guest starred in “Necessary Roughness,” “The Originals,” and had the lead role in “Stand Your Ground,” which premiered at the Snellville Carmike Cinema in 2014. Michael McClendon is also the co-writer of “Inseparable.” He is an award-winning writer and director, who has worked with Locke on “Stand Your Ground” as well as several other projects.
Snellville Arts Commission Public Relations Director Alisa Boykin has secured several site locations and partnerships with various businesses throughout the city for the project.
“The goodwill and enthusiasm we’ve been shown as we move forward speaks volumes about bringing more films to Snellville,” Locke said. “Special thanks to Mayor Tom Witts and his great city for the support. There is always a mystique surrounding film production, but the truth is, we couldn’t do it without a dedicated group of people who are there to support and help where ever they can.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Top row, from left are: Andrew Doyle, director of photography; Michael McClendon, writer/actor; and Ramuel Galarza, director. Middle row, from left are: Whitney Hill, production manager; Angie Allison, script supervisor; Alisa Boykin, Snellville Arts Commission public relations director and liaison; and Lonnie Boykin, T2I Entertainment Group liaison. Front row, from left are: Francine Locke, actress/producer; and Mayor Tom Witts.