Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Treasure Coast Goes Hollywood!

Lobsterback Entertainment set to begin filmingindependent feature on the Treasure Coast

STUART, FLA (July 16, 2009)—“Lights, camera, action!” will be heard along the Treasure Coast beginning Monday, July 20 when a cast and crew of 30 begin filming an independent feature in the area.

NATALIE, QUEEN OF SCOTS, a Lobsterback Entertainment production, is a Don Quixote-esque story about a nine year old girl (Natalie), who goes to war with oceans and battles alligators to escape from the arrival of a new baby sister, a potential challenge to her fantasy empire. It’s a family film about growing up without having to lose the thing you love the most.

According to producer Serenity Caldwell, “We’ll be using a number of locations for NATALIE, QUEEN OF SCOTS. Some of those we’ve locked in include the House of Refuge, Jensen Beach Causeway Park, downtown Jensen Beach, Port Salerno Elementary School, St. Lucie Catholic Church (Port St. Lucie), Harborage Yacht Club & Marina, Pools by Greg (Port St. Lucie) and Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.”

The two child leads for the film (Natalie and Nicholas) include local actors Kelli Carroll and Nicholas Dellacrose.

Writer/director Brian Carroll, a former Port St. Lucie resident, is excited to be back on the Treasure Coast, “There was no question in my mind when writing the story for NATALIE, QUEEN OF SCOTS about returning ‘home’ to showcase the beauty of this area. If all goes well, we plan to produce two other features here and move Lobsterback Entertainment’s studio permanently to the area.”

Filming will take five weeks and cost $250,000. Post-production will be done in the Jensen Beach/Stuart area and the low-budget feature will be ready by the end of this year to debut in several key film festivals, with intent for limited distribution and the possibility of a national distribution campaign.

Funding an independent feature is no easy task, but the Generation Z team of Carroll and Caldwell knew social media might work for them. After designing a Web site ( in June and spreading the word through a viral campaign using social media like Twitter and Facebook, the pair raised its initial $19,000 in 27 hours. The duo still needs to secure additional funds to finance the production and is actively seeking potential investors for NATALIE, QUEEN OF SCOTS.

Harborage Yacht Club & Marina (in Stuart) is hosting a Hollywood-themed party—The Treasure Coast Goes Hollywood—Past, Present and Future— on Saturday, July 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to help introduce movie buffs and potential investors to the cast and crew. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite actor or actress for the affair. The yacht club will turn into a movie set for the night, complete with red carpet, the paparazzi, movie props, life-size celebrity cutouts, Frances Langford movie motif, and onsite test filming and acting by the NATALIE, QUEEN OF SCOTS cast and crew.

To attend or learn more about the the Hollywood-themed party at Harborage Yacht Club & Marina, call (772) 692-4000, extension 3.

For learn more about investment opportunities in the feature, contact Caldwell or Carroll at (626) 379-8409 or e-mail
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