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|Man Wants Use of Orpheum for SciFi Production
|A Stark County man wants to use a number of locations in Galesburg to film what he claims will be a highly viewed straight to DVD science fiction series. But, he claims he's run into roadblocks every time he's tried to tell people about the plan.
Richard Weedman told the Knox County Civic Center Authority Board Wednesday he wants to use the Orpheum Theatre to film parts of his first production, entitled "Ghost Stories," that he hopes will become part of a larger series. Despite what he called a decade of research, Weedman admitted to the CCA that he doesn't have a script yet for the production he wants to use the Orpheum to film, though he says he's written plenty of scripts for his series.
Weedman wants to sell public stock and get other financing to start a production company that would film the work, but he blasted the city for their lack of help.
"Your city council doesn't seem to be business friendly, your economic people don't seem to know what they're doing, I can't get anyone to talk to me, it's being dropped and no one will tell me why," Weedman said. "[Orpheum Theatre president] Kate Francis read the business plan - she won't tell me what's wrong with it, [Third Ward Alderman] Russell Fleming read it - he didn't tell me there was a problem with it, [Fifth Ward Alderman] Karen Lafferty read it - she didn't tell me there was a problem with it, [Second Ward Alderman] Wayne Dennis read it - he didn't tell me there's a problem with it, [Economic Development Director] Cesar Suarez read it - he didn't tell me there's a problem with it."
Weedman later accused Mayor Sal Garza of lying to him about the plan, but also admitted that he hasn't actually directly talked to Suarez, except by e-mail.
Civic Center Authority Chairman Jan Occhi told Weedman to just keep knocking on doors. Weedman wants production to start as soon as 2012.
|11 19 10 by Newsroom
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