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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • A Review: The Movie Wichita

  • If I had to sum it up with one word, I would say the movie "Wichita" was incredible! The story is great, the acting is wonderful, and 95% of the cast and crew are from Kansas! And, all of the filming was done in Wichita's Cowtown, a couple of farms north of Wichita, the Walnut River in Winfield and in the Flint Hills National Preserve.
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  • Wichita movie screening
    by Amber Schmitz
        If I had to sum it up with one word, I would say the movie "Wichita" was incredible! The story is great, the acting is wonderful, and 95% of the cast and crew are from Kansas! And, all of the filming was done in Wichita's Cowtown, a couple of farms north of Wichita, the Walnut River in Winfield and in the Flint Hills National Preserve.
        What impressed me the most was not only is it a completely Kansas made project, the story line and acting were terrific!
        The is set in 1882, and begins with a mysterious fugitive who is seeking out revenge. He ends up in the cowtown of Wichita, Kan., where he remains hidden. A drifter named Jesse ends up at a farmstead on the outskirts of the city and quickly develops a relationship with the farmstead's widow, Ruth, and two sisters who live nearby, Samantha and Mary. Mark Anderson played Wichita's Sheriff, Wyatt Earp, whom was a very famous lawman in wild west Kansas.
        From beginning to end, the movie has many unexpected twists and turns. Until the last scene, it will keep you guessing if people are really who they say they are.
        Wellington native, Gregory Hunt, played the town's butcher, and at the screening said "I never in a million years imagined I would see my face on the big screen!"
        Carter Green, Wellington resident, and owner of Green Jeans Studios, helped master the musical piece written by starring male actor, Justin France.
         Justin France, who plays Jesse, is a native of Clearwater and a multi-talented actor who has played parts in other movies. Mary was played by ten-year-old Reylynn Caster, of Wichita, and I can definitely see an acting career in her future.
        Writer/Director Nicholas Barton is a native of Great Bend. He said that he originally planned to write a post-heist movie, but when scouting for costumes and locations, realized that they had a rare opportunity to do a period piece in Cowtown, and outlaws could hide within the town. According to Barton, they only brought two people in who are not from Kansas.
        Executive Producer Ryan McGuigan is an Arkansas City native, and said it took about six weeks of filming to complete the project. He said the hardest part was putting together the movie trailer, because they didn't want to give too much away, yet wanted to draw interest.
        "We are so fortunate to be around such an amazing pool of talented, good people from this area," McGuigan said.
        When I asked a couple of people who came to the screening what they thought of the movie, everyone really liked it, especially the twists and turns!
    Page 2 of 2 -     I highly recommend seeing this movie! If you didn't get a chance the screening at the Wellington Regent, the crew is on a 36 city, six state tour promoting their movie. Other screenings include: April 17, McPherson; April 18, Kansas City; April 19th, Newton; April 24, Woodward, Okla.; April 25, Enid, Okla.; April 27, Augusta; April 28, Abilene; May 1, Russell; May 2, Great Bend; May 10, Manhattan; May 12, Dallas, Texas; May 15, Goodland; May 17, Denver, Colo.; May 22, Salina; and May 24, Anthony.
        For more information, visit the website, www.wichita-movie.com.
        

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