I recently ran across this article in The Informer Community News by Bryce Martin, and it is shared here in its entirety...
One of Spring Hill’s historic structures has a featured role in an upcoming movie.
The courtroom thriller, Deadline, is based on a true story adapted from Mark Ethridge’s novel Grievances. It stars Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) and Steven Talley (American Pie Presents Beta House), along with other less known stars and several regional extras.
The story revolves around an ambitious young newspaper reporter with the fictional Nashville Times who seeks to solve the murder of a young African-American in rural Alabama, a murder that has gone unsolved (and uninvestigated) for the past 20 years.
Filmed entirely in Tennessee, the main locales include Nashville, Franklin, Santa Fe, Pulaski and Spring Hill. Most all the story takes place in the fictional town of Amos, Ala.
Locals will recognize much of the scenery. The murder scene happens in front of Annette Dodson’s Nett’s Country Store in the Bethel community and the victim’s mother works as a maid in an Alabama mansion, which is in actuality Rippavilla Plantation. Some of the scenes shot at Rippavilla were meant for outside filming, but rainy weather forced the crew and actors to work inside. The Giles County Courthouse in Pulaski is the scene for the movie’s tense murder trial scenes.
The independent film was shot over 18 days in a series of weeks early in 2011.
The World Premiere Red Carpet affair for the movie took place Wednesday, February 15, at the Regal Green Hills 16 in Nashville, benefitting Family and Children’s Services.
Watch the trailer here: www.DeadlineFilm.com/Nashville.