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Filming begins on major motion picture in South Bend


Lots of South Bend natives cherish the classic film Rudy as a treasure trove for South Bend culture. Now we'll have a new film to call our own. Oscar-nominated director, John Hancock, is filming a new movie here in South Bend called "Swan Song." Hancock grew up in LaPorte, and is best known for "Bang the Drum Slowly" and the holiday movie "Prancer." 

"Swan Song" is not only being filmed in South Bend, but they've cast a South Bend native as one of the stars.  Actor Anthony Panzica, a John Adams high graduate, said his love of acting started right here in Michiana.

"I went, like seven or eight years ago, to see a play on a Sunday matinee at Firehouse Theater in South Bend, and I kind of fell in love with it. I said, 'I think I would like to try this,'" said Anthony. "It's been a progression, but you know, I've learned a lot along the way and I learned right here in South Bend."

For one 13-year-old girl from Indiana, it will be her big film debut. Grace Tarnow says acting is her passion and has had some good coaches to get her started,

"John [Hancock] and [co-star] Dorothy [Tristan] teach me a lot throughout the day and they do it in such a nice way. They're like grandparents to me."

The 'coming of age' film focuses on a troubled young girl moving in with her grandmother. The two don't quite get along until the grandma discovers the child's talented voice and helps her land a spot in a production of "Alice in Wonderland'. When the grandmother develops Alzheimer's Disease, she must impress her wisdom upon her granddaughter before she runs out of time.

The scene of the "Alice in Wonderland Show" will be shot at IUSB. The crew needs about 400 extras to participate, so locals are encouraged to start sending in contact information to Don't forget to attach a recent headshot of yourself.

For more information about the movie, and other FilmAcres productions, check out their Facebook page.

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