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Movie Production takes over Austin & Smithville, TX

Source: FOX Austin
Author: James Irby 



9th street, between Brazos and Congress is looking a whole lot like Memphis in the 1900's. The makeover is for True Grit, an adaptation of the 1968 novel, which was also made into a movie in 1969, the latest 2010 version stars Jeff Bridges Josh Brolin and Matt Damon.

An hour east in Smithville there was lots of action to be filmed as John Schneider and newcomer Jenn Gotzon star in Doonby, the story of a mysterious stranger who rolls into town, changing it for the better helping a woman recovering from alcoholism. He even foils a robbery.

Then he suddenly disappears, much of the good he's done, falling apart with his exit. Schneider says no one can quite figure out where his character, Sam Doonby is from or what his intentions are.
"Like a good painting, this movie evokes different emotions from everybody who's involved. Everybody who reads it everybody who's in it and hopefully everybody who sees it."

Taken by its small town charm, Schneider says Smithville has the kind of authenticity you just can't get on a hollywood set.

Doonby's producer, Mike Mackenzie, adding that Smithville is the ideal small town to create movie magic.

"It's a very film friendly town. We're the third production coming through and we understand there are two that are following us. Everything is five minutes walk away which is hugely beneficial to us shooting."

Not all about acting, Schneider, star of the late 70's, early 80's television series The Dukes of Hazzard and more recently Smallville had time to help start the Children's Miracle Network in 1982. 
Schneider says they've raised close to 4 billion for children's hospitals throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

"All the money that's raised through the Children's Miracle Network stays in the area where it was raised. You don't have to wonder when you call up and make a donation where it's going to go."
Doonby is set for release at the end of the year or the beginning of 2011. "True Grit" has a release date of Christmas Day.

For questions or comments about this story, email james.irby@foxtv.com

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