Filming a scene in “Distraction” in the Expressions flower shop in Landrum in May. The TV pilot premieres at the Tryon Movie Theatre Sunday, Aug. 19. (photo by Matt Stevenson)

Red carpet event for ‘Distraction’ premiere

Published 6:21pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

A red carpet premiere for a TV pilot known as “Distraction” that was filmed in and around Landrum will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Tryon Movie Theatre.
The cast limo and crew cars are scheduled to leave the Yellow House in Landrum at 6:45 p.m., arriving at the theatre just before 7 p.m. Two showings of the pilot will be offered, one at 7:25 p.m. and one at 9:05 p.m., with almost 300 guests invited to each showing. No tickets are left for the event. However, between the showings, from 8:20-8:50 p.m., the cast will be available outside the theatre to sign autographs for both guests and the general public.
“Distraction,” which stars Alexander Thomas as Wesley and Brittany Bass as Claire, was filmed in May. In all, the crew worked just over a week to film the pilot, which they hope will attract the attention of the networks. Writer and producer Jeff Prince and the other crew members said they want to see the series stay in Landrum should it get picked up.
In addition to Prince, the major players for “Distraction” included executive producer Melanie Jennings, executive producer Tonja Brown and cinematographer Corey Messer of Spartanburg, S.C. Among the other crew members were Mike Duncan and Matt Stephenson. Numerous other volunteers, such as local photographer and videographer Erik Olsen, collaborated with the team whenever needed.
Also involved were approximately 60 extras, including local resident Kelley Steinman and Chandler Stanfield.

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