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Locally filmed movie to open

Pete (Tom Skerritt) and Marie (Shirley Knight) have a discussion in a cafe in Cave Junction.
 ‘Redwood Highway’ follows woman’s trek from Ashland to Brookings beach 

People will be able to see scenery from their own backyard on the silver screen when the movie “Redwood Highway” is shown.

The movie, filmed along the entire length of U.S. Highway 199 with the storyline ending on the Oregon Coast, will open Friday at Crescent City Cinemas. It will also be shown Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at Redwood Theater in Brookings. 

The film is about a woman living in a comfortable retirement community in Southern Oregon, estranged from her family, unsatisfied with her surroundings, and generally not happy about life. Marie (Shirley Knight) decides to journey 80 miles on foot to the coast of Oregon to revisit the ocean of her past for the first time in 45 years. 

Once reluctant to attend her granddaughter’s wedding, she now arrives as an unexpected guest. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary cast of characters and discovers that “you’re never too old to learn something about life … and about yourself,” according to a film synopsis.

The granddaughter’s wedding scene was filmed in the grass next to the lower parking lot at Harris Beach State Park in Brookings in November 2012. There are also scenes of Marie on the beach itself.

Knight is known for her roles in “As Good As it Gets,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Sweet Bird of Youth.”

Also starring in “Redwood Highway” is Tom Skerritt, well-known for roles in “Alien,” “Top Gun” and “A River Runs Through It.”

James LeGros, Zena Grey, Michelle Lombardo and Sam Daly, as well as  Catherine Coulson, Doug Rowe, Brent Hinkley and Danforth Comins from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival round out the cast.

Filming locations range from Ashland to Brookings, with highlights being Mountain Meadows retirement community in Ashland, downtown Grants Pass, Lake Selmac, It’s a Burl in Kerby, Great Cats World Park in Cave Junction, Jedediah Smith State Park, the Oregon Coast and many roadside spots along Highway 199.

“Redwood Highway” is a co-production of Jump Time Pictures, Joma Films and Elsewhere Films, all Ashland-based production companies run by James Twyman, Gary and Anne Lundgren, and Gary Kout respectively. James Twyman and Gary Kout produced the movie; the writer and director is Gary Lundgren.

The movie is rated PG-13 for adult situations.

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