Thursday, March 16, 2023

Lights, camera, action

Feature-length movie set to begin shooting at city locations

Jesse McAnally
Movie cameras, booms, microphones and sets will become a regular site throughout the Romulus community beginning next month.

An independent feature film will begin production in the city in early April, explained director Jesse McAnally, who also co-wrote the script with Nathan Keelan. McAnally launched a crowdfunding campaign in October 2022 to finance the film titled The Daughters of the Domino. He said contributions by enthusiastic backers helped exceed the budget goal. 

“For years, I've been perfecting my filmmaking skills with short films, and I'm thrilled to be taking on my first feature film with 'The Daughters of the Domino.' I'm most excited to showcase the beauty and cinematic potential of my hometown of Romulus to a broader audience,” McAnally said. Filming will take place entirely in Michigan, primarily in Romulus, with an emphasis on state landscapes and local talent.

The Daughters of the Domino follows the story of Nina Rose, a detective who gained notoriety after arresting her serial killer father, known as the Domino, McAnally said. Years later, Nina and her sister must work together to find her niece, who has gone missing, while chasing down a new killer, leading them to confront their past in a gripping and suspenseful tale, he added.

The film will star Miranda Moffat, Lucie Gillespie, Ashley Poulin, and Asia Marie Hicks, McAnally said.

The funds raised will cover the film's production, post-production, and distribution.

McAnally, a 2014 graduate of Romulus High School, earned a bachelor's degree in media arts from Wayne State University and produces promotional videos and event photography as well. 

He currently serves as Creative Director of Fosca Features, LLC where he has directed and produced three short films as well as many of professional promotional materials over the last four years. His most recent film, After Ashes, has played in many film festivals-- domestic and international-- and has won eight awards.

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