Movie crew shoots at local school
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Carl Albert Middle School may not look like a Hollywood set.
But it played the part last week.
A film crew spent much of last Wednesday shooting at the school and nearby Gary Rose Stadium for a movie titled “Deadly Donation.”
In the film, Katie offers to help a popular girl in school who needs an organ transplant. This act of kindness doesn’t sit well with her sister Sasha who believes their family should receive some reciprocation for their generosity.
Deadly Donation is produced by Kris Black and Richard Switzer, who have filmed several other movies in Oklahoma recently.
The crew is filming the entire movie in the metro. They are also filming at Rose State College, downtown Oklahoma City and north Edmond. The shoot is planned to last 12 days.
“A few weeks ago, we went to some previous film locations and drove around looking for locations that would fit our script,” said Kash Kirchner, co-production supervisor.
Carl Albert High School was used as a filming location for another movie last fall. Kirchner said they liked the campus and the cooperation from school officials.
“Stacey Boyer (director of community relations) and everyone were nothing but the best to work with,” he said. “They let utilize the space the best we could. We’re thankful for their assistance.”
The crew started filming at Carl Albert Middle school on Wednesday morning and wrapped up late that evening, but 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
The movie is expected to be completed by mid to late summer. Kirchner said they plan to distribute the film through a cable channel or streaming service.
Mid-Del Schools Superintendent Rick Cobb said he appreciates the movie industry coming to Mid-Del and the community.
“Having movie crews film in the district benefits the local economy,” he said. “When we’ve had an opportunity to let them use any of our facilities, there’s an indirect benefit to the school district.”
The school building wasn’t the only local part of the movie. Several members of the crew, including Kirchner, live in Oklahoma. The team included several film students from Oklahoma City Community College.
“It’s been great getting to film here, especially with COVID and safety concerns with travel,” he said.
Oklahoma’s film industry has boomed since the state created an incentive program. The state has attracted several TV and film productions in recent years while also growing a network of professionals and businesses to support it.
Among those is Green Pastures Studio, which recently opened in a converted school building in Spencer. The film studio has helped drive interest in filming locations in Midwest City.
“I think what they’ve done at Green Pastures has generated a lot of interest in eastern Oklahoma County and we already have quite a few people that live here and work in the industry,” said Robert Coleman, economic development director for Midwest City.