N E W S / Monterey County Film Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Nordstrand 831-646-0910 / c 831-594-9410
Monterey County locations to star in “Big Sur”
as movie opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 1
(Monterey, CA – Oct. 28, 2013) – Another “Made in Monterey County” movie is
coming to theaters on Friday, Nov. 1. It’s “Big Sur,” the film based on Jack Kerouac’s
novel, and it stars Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac and Kate Bosworth as Billie.
private cabin in Big Sur, Highway One, coastline vistas, and a beach near Rocky Creek
Bridge. The Monterey County Film Commission assisted the production, which barely
got to film here in 2011 due to the Highway One road slide which temporarily cut off
travel on Highway One. The production switched its shoot schedule to film its San
Francisco scenes first, and things opened up along the coast just in time to reach Big Sur.
“Big Sur” was directed by Michael Polish. Anthony Edwards plays Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Josh Lucas is Neal Cassady, and Radha Mitchell is Carolyn Cassady.
Soquel-based location scout Peter Newfield headed the Big Sur location search. In the film’s official press kit, special thanks is given to Monterey County and the Monterey County Film Commission. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
“With the producers and cast in New York this week for a premiere and press events promoting “Big Sur,” we know Monterey County’s film sites will be in the spotlight,” said Karen Nordstrand, director of film production for the Monterey County Film Commission. “Our locations are beautifully depicted, so Monterey County will be noticed as a desirable place to film.”
“Big Sur” shot in Monterey County for 11 days. “We were happy to assist the production, because of the economic impact that film projects bring,” Nordstrand said. Since it was established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987, the commission estimates more than $83 million has come into Monterey County communities from productions that come year-round, spending money on local crew hires, hotel rooms, and numerous goods and services.
“Productions pay local taxes, location and permit fees, and give retailers a healthy economic boost,” Nordstrand said. “Whether it’s a feature film, television show, commercial production or still shoot, these productions are like mobile economic development engines. We put out the welcome mat for them because it makes good business sense. And spin-off tourism business is another benefit of film projects.”
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