If you thought you saw the Six Million Dollar Man in Boise the other day, you weren’t wrong.
Lee Majors is in town working on one of two film projects that are in full swing now, fueling Boise’s growing film community. Despite a lack of tax breaks and other incentives for filmmakers, they continue to work in Idaho.
Will von Tagen’s dramady “The Other Side of September,” staring Majors and “Weekend at Bernie’s” Terry Kiser, will wrap up this weekend. Von Tagen, a Boise High grad, also is working with Boise-based actor and filmmaker Jane Merrow (“The Lion in Winter”), Boise-based costumer Marie Boller and others in the city’s burgeoning film community. Andrew Stensaas and Ryan Peck, also known as Edmond Dantes, are doing the soundtrack.
They've filmed at The Owyhee Building and Zoo Boise in Downtown Boise, Plantation Place, a senior home in West Boise and in several homes in town.
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Connor Williams, 17, is filming his first feature, a teenage drama by Bill Person called “The Spoilers,” in his hometown of Eagle. Williams is sort of a wunderkind of local filmmakers. He’s already starred in several indie features during the past few years and wrote, directed and starred in “Double Trouble,” a short that premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in March.
For this project Williams is directing and starring as one of the main characters in a “Breakfast Club”-esque story about teenagers in a summer detention program. He received more than 1,500 audition video submissions from across the country. He hired four young actors from New York City, Chicago, Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles to fill the other principal roles. He also recruited several local community members to play small roles (myself included) and is using an all-local film crew.