Over the autumn, the thriller Rust Creek, which options scenes set in Boyle County and at Centre School, grew to become obtainable on Netflix. Although it initially premiered in 2018, it rose by way of the ranks on Netflix and made it into the highest 5 most-watched films inside a number of weeks of being obtainable on the platform.
Actress Hermione Corfield performs the lead, Sawyer, a Centre scholar. When Sawyer will get an thrilling job interview, she doesn’t wish to jinx it, so she doesn’t inform anybody about it and units off on her personal, getting misplaced within the backwoods of Kentucky on her manner and encountering some harmful characters.
The movie’s producer, Stu Pollard, is a Kentucky native with ties to Centre by way of his father who splits his time between Louisville and Los Angeles, mentioned Michael Strysick, chief communications officer for Centre. Strysick mentioned he and Jamey Leahey, who’s Centre’s in-house lawyer, had been talked about in manufacturing credit within the film as a result of their roles with Centre, and college students had been actively concerned in some scenes throughout film manufacturing as nicely, as extras or filling different roles.
“One of many causes we had been curious about doing this was the way in which wherein we knew that our campus neighborhood could be concerned within the course of, so we thought that it was an incredible instructional alternative for college students at Centre who had been curious about movie and movie manufacturing, college students on campus who had been curious about theater and appearing,” Strysick mentioned.
Leahey and Strysick regulated a few of how Centre was portrayed within the movie, together with working with Pollard and the manufacturing staff on areas to shoot scenes on campus. Pollard had referred to as Centre and requested in the event that they’d be curious about being part of the movie. Strysick mentioned Pollard was beneficiant — he let him and different Centre representatives take a look at the screenplay to verify they had been comfy with what was mentioned and carried out relating to the faculty. The manufacturing staff labored with Centre intensively for 4 or 5 days, Strysick mentioned, throughout which Centre received a style of what it was like to supply a movie and the variety of hours it takes to shoot a single scene. He mentioned some scenes shot didn’t make it into the film, nevertheless it was nonetheless priceless to college students and the neighborhood to shoot them.
“These of us who dwell right here in Danville and Boyle County know the way stunning this space is, how great our downtown is, so I believe it was nice, even when the scenes had been brief, for folks to have the ability to see that,” Strysick mentioned. “These of us who work at Centre School know that this historic campus that’s now 200 years outdated is only a stunning place. Now we have stunning buildings, and it’s maintained nicely, so it was a extremely constructive factor to see that showcased.”
Strysick mentioned he and different representatives from Centre additionally had been drawn to the character Sawyer since she rises to fulfill the challenges she faces within the movie.
“She is a robust, considerate, impartial particular person, and I believe that in a manner she sort of embodies the scholars that we have now at Centre, people who find themselves in a position to navigate life and its challenges and likewise cope with adversity,” Strysick mentioned.
Jamee Peyton, interim government director for the Danville-Boyle County Conference and Guests Bureau, mentioned one thing much like Strysick about what it meant to her to have scenes of the movie characteristic Boyle County.
“Danville-Boyle County is a fantastic historic place full of a wide range of distinctive experiences,” Peyton mentioned in an e-mail. “The added publicity of our vibrant city by way of a Netflix movie merely permits Danville-Boyle County to achieve folks exterior of our neighborhood who’re lacking all the things we have now and hope to supply our vacationers.”