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Short film wraps up production in Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The city of Tupelo will soon be seen across the world. Filming wrapped up this weekend on a short film set to be released next year.

Filming for "The Gift" began last Saturday and ended Monday. Main street in Tupelo was shut down Saturday and Sunday for filming.

They also filmed in other parts of Lee County.

The film's producer, Ken Petrie, said it was important to keep it authentic and as close-to-home as possible, so they used local talent.

Two of the three cast members are from Mississippi. One is from Tupelo, and the other hails from Meridian.

Much of the film was shot at the Tupelo Hardware Store on Main Street and the Elvis Presley Birthplace.

Despite popular rumors, Petrie insists the film's not about Elvis. In fact, the plot remains a mystery.

"If people can have just a bit of patience with us and wait a couple of months, I think they'll enjoy it a whole lot more when they see it on screen," Petrie said.

The production company behind the film is called 27 Ten Productions, which Petrie founded.

He's worked on films all over the world, including War Horse, Robin Hood, World War Z and White House Down.

He said filming in Tupelo was incredible. "Everybody's been so welcoming," he said. "It's been fantastic. It's my first time in the South. Southern Hospitality has lived up to the sort of reputation that precedes it."

He did give a hint into the movie's plot. He said the film is about a boy at a crossroads in his life.

It will premiere at the 2015 Tupelo Film Festival.






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