A young filmmaker from Clayton returned home this month to shoot portions of his latest project at a local bed and breakfast.
Tyler Lindley chose the Snuggle Inn off of Old U.S. 70 to film scenes for “A Lovely Sunrise,” the first project of his newly-formed production company, Tar Heel Cinema.
Lindley, 22, who uses the pen name Casiel Raegis, grew up in the Flowers community and graduated from Clayton High in 2011. He started working on films after earning his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013.
Lindley said he directed two shorts before writing “A Lovely Sunrise,” a film about a mother coping with her daughter's marriage and departure from the home.
On its website, the film is described as “a love letter to North Carolinian culture – warm and vibrant, steeped in traditional values, while also maintaining a forward-looking view of the South as an important voice in the modern world.”
“What we really want to do is capture something that even though it’s happening in a Southern setting, it’s really a universal theme,” Lindley said.
In addition to the Snuggle Inn, filming will take place in Wilmington.
Norwood and Kristin Williams built the Snuggle Inn, a 1,300-square-foot A-frame chalet, in 1980. After retiring to Clayton from Baltimore in 1995, they used it as a guest home until turning it into a bed and breakfast in 2007.
Norwood said Lindley called him in May and said he was eyeing the inn as a possible filming location. He ended up renting it for a week, with filming taking place June 1-4.
“I think they were looking for a place that would give the appearance of a rural area,” Norwood Williams said. “I think this will depict the countryside.”
“I suppose Ava Gardner got her start this way,” Williams said of the late actress. “She’s from Johnston County.”
Lindley, who lives in Raleigh, stayed with his parents in Clayton while filming. He said he tried to get out and about while in town, making stops at The Flipside and The Coffee Mill.
“It brought back a lot of memories from high school,” Lindley said.
The film was using a kick-starter campaign to raise money for the production. However, that’s since been canceled after the film received a contribution from a private donor, Lindley said.
Lindley said shooting will wrap this month and post-production should take about two months to complete. For more information on the film, go to www.alovelysunrise.com.
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