Trailer for film shot in downtown Middletown available on YouTube

August 15—A feature film shot entirely in Middletown premieres in a trailer now available on YouTube.

The United Front Films crew shot “A Bachelor’s Valentine” in downtown Middletown in January. The film is directed by Lana Read, a Middletown native who graduated from Monroe High School in 1990, moved to Cincinnati, then returned to Middletown.

She said she always wanted to direct a film in her hometown, especially in the revitalized downtown.

She was scouting potential locations for another movie when she realized “A Bachelor’s Valentine” was “a great movie to shoot” in Middletown.

“The area represents history,” Read told the Journal-News in January. “It has charm.”

Some of the scenes were shot at the Swire Inn, White Dog Saloon, BeauVerre Riordan Stained Glass Studios, the homes of Dan and Fran Sack and John and Avinne Kiser, the council chambers in the City Building, the dining room at Brown’s Run County Club, Governor’s Square and along the Great Miami River.

“I wanted to do it in my hometown,” she said this week.

The movie still doesn’t have a release date and the trailer says “coming soon”.

Watch the trailer for “A Bachelor’s Valentine” here:

More than a dozen films have been shot in Butler County, including scenes from the film version of JD Vance’s book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis.” The Netflix film directed by Ron Howard starred Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

Read said in January that she hoped the film would be released early next year just before Valentine’s Day.

She called the 12 days of winter filming “pretty fast for a feature film”.

It’s her fourth feature film and seeing a completed project is “very rewarding” when celebrated with the whole team, she said.

In “A Bachelor’s Valentine”, Claire Knapp (Layla Cushman) moves to the small town of Paul Bachelor (Brian Gaskill) and they try to fix their damaged lives while working together for the benefit of the whole community. But Knapp’s vindictive ex-husband Stuart Knapp (Vernon Wells, “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior,” “Commando” and “Power Rangers”) will do whatever he can to prevent that from happening.

Read called it a “feel-good movie”.

For the scenes shot in The Sack house, Fran and Dan had to remove all objects from their walls, but were allowed to keep the family photos in place.

Next, the Sacks were filmed having dinner at the Swire Inn. She can’t wait to see the movie.

“It will be interesting,” she said in January, when the film crew was in Middletown. “People always say when they see themselves, they always wish they were a little taller, a little thinner.”

White Dog owner Mike Dranschak plays a bartender and has a speaking role, he said. He said some of the bar’s “regulars” are featured in a scene that was filmed there.

Writer Rick McCrabb contributed to this report.


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