The Richmond Register

Local News

April 22, 2013

Indie film with local connections to be shown at Richmond movie expo

RICHMOND — Every day, Justin Hannah would drive by a tiny consignment shop in Lexington on his way to work as a marketing coordinator for Meyer Natural Foods.

While stopped at a traffic light, he would look into the windows of the old-fashioned storefront and “for some reason, that place really got to me,” he said.

He began thinking about the vintage items in that shop and “the kind of stories that could happen in a place like that,” Hannah said.

He thought to himself, “I should make a movie there.” However, just a week or two later, the consignment shop closed. But this didn’t stop him.

His film, “Consignment,” will premiere Friday and Saturday in Richmond at the World Independent Film Expo.

This is the third year for the event, with movies airing at both Gillum’s Sports Lounge and Eastern Kentucky University’s Student Success Building auditorium.

“Consignment” is set in 1954. In style and mood, it is a “love letter” to the dark, dramatic films of the 1950s, Hannah said. It’s about objects for sale in the consignment shop and “finding a connection to items that have a life of their own, from whomever owned them before.”

For Hannah and lead actress Abbra Smallwood, the World Independent Film Expo will be “kind of like a homecoming,” the director said.

Both Hannah and Smallwood graduated from EKU and lived in Richmond for several years. The film’s casting director, Chris “Drizzle” Davis, is a Richmond resident and was known to tend bar at local hotspots in town, Hannah said.

The three met while living in Richmond and came together on this project years later. Smallwood graduated in 2008 with an art degree and Hannah graduated in 2001 as a psychology major with a minor in art — neither has had formal training in film or acting, he said.

But Smallwood immediately came to mind to play the lead in this film, Hannah said. “She just had that look, like the heroine of an Alfred Hitchcock movie or Betty Draper from ‘Mad Men.’”

Hannah was inspired by film noir and Hitchcock, he said. He became “sort of obsessive” about watching films from the 1950s and '60s.  

After graduating from EKU, Hannah had no idea he would make films, but he hung out with people who did, he said.

With prior experience in short films and animation, coupled with his love of movies, Hannah found the inspiration and resources to create “Consignment” in a little over a year.

In late 2011, around the same time Hannah began thinking about the film, he entered a Beach Boy’s video contest to promote the band’s newly released album, “The Smile Sessions.”

Rumored to be “the greatest album they ever made,” the album was recorded in the '60s but was not released until 2011, Hannah said.

Hannah’s was one of the five videos chosen, and he won about $1,000. This prize money made up about half of his film’s budget.

The cast and crew were “paid in pizza,” Hannah joked. But a willing cast and lots of local collaboration made the film possible.

A Louisville business provided the vintage wardrobe and was used as a filming location.

Local hair studios recreated the 1950s hairstyles, and another shop provided the vintage accessories and antiques.

Much of the outdoor filming occurred on the historic Main Street of Stanford, an archetypical small town about 30 miles west of Richmond.  

“It looks like Mayberry down there,” Hannah said.

Antique vehicles were provided courtesy of a Stanford antique auto business. Also, Lancaster resident Jake Gilliam auditioned in Stanford and was cast in a main role, Hannah said.

When the film premiered in Lexington, a snow storm prevented many of the Stanford cast and crew from attending, he said.

“Consignment” won Most Original Film at the Louisville-based Floyd Film Festival just months later, but the distance also kept several from attending, Hannah said.  

However, many of the cast and crew are planning to attend the film expo in Richmond, and “we’re all pretty excited about it,” he said.

“Make no mistake, 'Consignment' was probably the most peculiar film of the evening,” said Ruth Burgess, a writer for Kyforward.com, who viewed the movie at its Lexington premiere.

“It was also the most beautiful film of the evening, and the one that stuck with me the most after the final credits rolled,” she wrote.

Burgess said for those who are “intrigued by mystery and ambiguity” and who like to think deeply about movies, “’Consignment’ casts a spell, offering an alluring, multilayered film experience.”

Visit www.consignmentmovie.com for more information about the film or visit wifeexpo.wordpress.com to learn more about the World Independent Film Expo.

Tickets are $6 per show or $30 for an all-access pass.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 4-23 Gravestone.jpg In search of the last resting place

    At a popular illegal dump site off Bybee Loop in Waco, two marble grave markers were among some items found there by Pat and Ronnie Aldridge, residents who live about 250 yards from the area.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fiscal court awards EMA bids

    Two more bids were awarded at Tuesday’s Madison County Fiscal Court meeting for the emergency operations agency.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23 Peter Crowe.jpg Intoxicated man charged with wanton endangerment

    A 27-year-old Richmond man was charged Sunday with second-degree wanton endangerment after he was found intoxicated and walking with several young children in the Keystone Drive area, according to a Richmond police report.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Absentee voting available for May 20 election

    Walk-in absentee voting for the May 20 primary has begun and will continue until May 19, County Clerk Kenny Barger announced Tuesday at the Madison Fiscal Court meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23 Tab-a-PULLooza1.jpg Friday last day to collect pop tabs for Tab-a-Pullooza

    Before throwing that soda can in the recycling bin, twist off the pop tab and donate it to a local elementary or middle school for this year’s Tab-a-Pullooza celebration.

    April 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • Pot throwing downtown leads to arrest

    A Berea man was arrested Saturday after police say he damaged a downtown Richmond business and a parked vehicle by throwing flower pots.
    Jonathan A. McCullough, 34, was charged with first- and third-degree criminal mischief as well as alcohol intoxication, according to a Richmond police report.

    April 21, 2014

  • London police chief ordered to stay away from Berea woman

    A woman who who moved to Berea in February 2013 after a live-in relationship with London Police Chief Stewart O. Walker has obtained an emergency protective order against him from Madison Family Court.

    April 21, 2014

  • Task force reveals plan to make ‘Meaningful Math' matter

    It’s all too common to hear parents say, “I was never good at math...,” as if to excuse their children for not being good at math, said Madison County Schools Superintendent Elmer Thomas.

    April 21, 2014

  • WP_20140419_001.jpg Cruisin’ with the Oldies

    With the sound of classic songs wafting through the air Saturday, hundreds of people took advantage of the summer-like temperatures and turned out for the Kirksville Community Center car show.

    April 21, 2014 9 Photos

  • 4-18 Hong Kong 1.JPG Hong Kong fifth-graders visit Kit Carson

    A group of students from Hong Kong got a taste of the bluegrass last week thanks to an invitational education program at Kit Carson Elementary School.

    April 21, 2014 3 Photos

AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should Richmond rezone the southwest corner of Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue to B-1 (Neighborhood Business) with restrictions to allow construction of a financial services office?

Yes
No
     View Results