What's "For Sale by Owner" about? Well, the makers wouldn't divulge too many details during my set visit last week. Here's a link to my story for The Times.
I do know it's a supernatural-
mystery-psychological-thriller. (That's a compound of all the descripters I gathered from producers.) It's scary, I take it.
I didn't see any chainsaws, so it's not that type of scary.
"For Sale by Owner" is about John Smith, or Mr. Jamestown, and the home he built way back when. Scott Cooper (pictured, who is also the screenwriter) plays a present day architect who's restoring Smith's home. It was burned down and reconstructed during the 1800s.
My guess is that Coop's restoration doesn't go as planned. (Boo.)
The movie is being shot at the Magnolia Plantation near Cloutierville (20 miles south of Natchitoches). As a setting for a supernatural-mystery-psychological-thriller-expialidocious independent feature film, it seems like a great location. Paint is flaking. Bees are humming. Sweat will soon be pouring. Plants are overgrown. The interior features old chandeliers and drab interior light.
There are three really cool things about this project:
1) It's being financed by a new local production company called Port Pictures. That means three independent feature films, which have been paid for by local financing, will be made in Shreveport during the first half of 2007. The first was Jeffrey Goodman's "The Last Lullaby." The next is "The Pardon," a Louisiana execution story I'm learning more about later today.
2) "For Sale by Owner" is actually going to give the plantation home a fresh coat of paint. Tourism folks in Natchitoches will be happy to hear that.
3) Port Pictures is planning to shoot eight pictures in Louisiana during the next three years. This could be the beginnings of an indigenous film industry for Shreveport.