- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Hormel Park is providing a key scene for a movie about a Nebraska family’s battle with dementia.

Filming of “It Snows All the Time” recently began after the crew set up base camp at the Fremont Family YMCA’s Camp Christian, the Fremont Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1y6f4yB ).

Actor Erich Hover, who worked in the film “Moneyball,” is co-producer of the film that focuses on the true story of his father, Ed Hover of Omaha, who has dementia.

The film is about the Nebraska family sticking together through a difficult situation, showing the bonds between a father and his children, and the love between a husband and wife.

“This movie is going to tell my father’s story, and my goal is that it will become a vehicle to raise awareness of the disease and funding from its viewership to help support a cure,” Erich Hover said in publicity materials released by the film company.

Ten percent of the profits of the film will be donated to dementia/Alzheimer’s research.

Jay Giannone is director of the film, and is producing the picture along with Hover and Deidrek Backs.

Brett Cullen is the lead actor, playing Ed Hover. Some of his previous credits include “The Guilt Trip,” ”42,” and “The Runaways.”

Also starring are Hover, Oscar nominee Lesley Ann Warren as his mother, Giannone as his brother and Taryn Manning as his girlfriend. Hip-hop artist Slaine and Kenny Wormald are in the cast, too.

Much of the crew and several actors are Nebraskans in the film industry.

Eastern Nebraska Film Commissioner Stacy Heatherly of Fremont said locations around Omaha, including a hospital, offices and a Hover family home, will be included in the movie, but the Hormel Park set will play a big role.

“The setting that they were looking for needed to be a wooded area with good access to the water where they could actually set up a nice scene, and be able to bring in a lot of trucks and crew,” Heatherly said.

“The scene is where (Ed Hover and his son) go camping, and I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a critical scene in the film,” she said.

Two airboats are patrolling the river and asking boaters to avoid the area during shooting.

“There’s one airboat that they’re going to anchor in the water and put the cameras on it and shoot towards the bank,” Heatherly explained.

Nebraska Film Officer Laurie Richards said Hover’s determination and passion led to production of the film.

“About a year and a half ago,” she said, “I was contacted by Erich Hover, and he was asking me if I would be able to help facilitate the development of creation of this project. The State Film Office is basically here to provide information regarding services, crew and equipment, and making film activity happen here. We talked a little bit about that, and he talked about wanting to make this film project in the Omaha area. I said, ‘that’s fantastic.’

“Erich talked to enough people and he’s passionate enough about this subject because it deals with his father’s situation. The familiarity with that and his passion for that has gotten him this far, which is really a testament to sticking to what you want to do and sticking to your guns. We’re very proud to have a Nebraskan come back home and make his first feature film here,” she said.

Shooting at Hormel Park is expected to take around 20 days, Richards said. The set is not open to the public during production.

Richards and Heatherly said other cinema activity is taking place in Nebraska, and their goal is to bring in even more.

“The majority of our film activity that we’ve had in Nebraska over the last few years for big feature films have been Alexander Payne’s films,” Richards said. “He was here in 2012 with ‘Nebraska’ that came out last year.

“We’re very proud of that native Nebraskan and his activity and his desire to come back to Nebraska. It means a lot to us, and it means a lot in a variety of levels. It means a lot for economic impact because of the hotel/motel activity, the food, the car rental, gasoline. Everything you and I use every day, a film production company uses for 30 or 40 days of shooting. There’s also several months of prep before the film roles, and there’s a little bit of post-production activity, too,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot of independent film activity throughout the state, and most of the small budgets of a couple hundred thousand dollars up to $1 million, those happen all over the state,” she said.

“What I’m working on specifically,” Heatherly said, “is a film called ‘The Persian Pickle Club.’ It is based on a best-selling book, they’re doing a re-release of the book this fall. … We’re hoping to get the majority of this film shot here.”

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Information from: Fremont Tribune, https://www.fremontneb.com

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