Routt, County, Steamboat setting for new movie
Steamboat Springs — Filming for a big-screen movie will have force part of Ninth Street to close today.
For more than a month, film crews have been shooting around Routt County for the movie “Six Wire Winter,” a coming of age story set in 1964.
Stacey Kramer, who is the unit production manager for the movie, said Lyon’s Corner Drug and Soda Fountain would be used today for the movie. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ninth Street from Lincoln Avenue to the alley will be shut off.
The movie’s romantic lead is Jonathan Jackson, who starred as Jesse in Disney’s “Tuck Everlasting.” In “Six Wire Winter,” Jackson is a young skier and rancher. Nora Zehetner, who plays Laynie in the television series “Everwood,” is Jackson’s love interest.
Peter Webb of London wrote the screenplay for the movie. Webb lived on the Fetcher Ranch in North Routt in the 1960s and many of the characters are taken from people he knew during that time. Kramer said Jackson’s character is loosely based on Routt County’s Orval Bedell.
An independent film company, Six Wire Films, is producing the movie with the hope that it will be picked up by a distributor and released next spring.
Kramer said local talent and props are being used for the film. Scenes have been shot at the Fetcher Ranch, Seedhouse Road, Perry Mansfield and Bill Bowes’ house.
For the 1960s setting, Janet and Tim Borden’s 1951 Ford Woody was used as well as locally owned antique trucks and cars and an old Jeep.
Today’s shoot at Lyon’s Drug will be a scene between Jackson and Zehetner sitting in a booth. Kramer said longtime soda fountain jerk Michelle Sprengle would be used as a double.
Many locals have been used for doubles, extras and labor.
“It has been great to get that kind of assistance,” Kramer said.
With a title like “Six Wire Winter,” Kramer said the filming crew does not mind the snow. And Kramer knows the local saying is a three-wire winter, meaning the snow has piled up to the third wire on a barbed wire fence.
Six-wire winter comes from a tall tale one of the older characters tell in the movie.
Kramer met Webb in 1996 when he was scouting the area for locations.
Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said the city is featured in commercials three or four times a year.
But DuBord, who also sits on the regional film commission, said this is the first time she remembers the city being part of a feature film.
“It is nice to be on the big screen,” DuBord said.
— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or
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