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"The Identical" movie scenes shot in Lebanon

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The Wilson Post

Film crews rolled into Wilson County this week to shoot scenes for the upcoming movie, The Identical.

Writer Howie Klausner, who also wrote Space Cowboys, remained relatively hush-hush about the script, but could not control his enthusiasm for the project as scenes were filmed Wednesday night at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. The film follows the path of a musical family from the Be Bop 1950s through the Glam Rock 1970s. We call it a rock and roll fable a family drama about musicians who dont know they are related, he said, explaining that original music created by Jerry Marcellino will add to the evolution of rock and roll through each decade.

It is a fictional story, but one that is based on many key historical moments, he continued. Parts of it take place in Lebanon.

Klausner admitted that the ensemble cast, which includes headliners Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Seth Green, were not exactly sure about the location. The first thing that Ray Liotta said to me is, Where is Lebanon? he joked. However, Klausner, who grew up in West Nashville, had no problems describing the area to the crew and cast. I was raised here and then went to Los Angeles for 22 years to be in the business I am in. This is my third movie in Tennessee. The industry here is growing, he said.

The Identical has spent six full days shooting in Wilson County as part of the seven-week shoot.

On Wednesday, the pageant pavilion at the fairgrounds was transformed into a concert stage set in the 1960s. Extras were on set from 8:30 a.m. until after 8 oclock that evening as director, Dustin Marcellino, and producers, including Executive Producer Yochanan Marcellino, Mark G. Mathis, Matthew Russell and Jordan Marcellino, made movie magic.

The film will be released in late 2013. For more information, go to or follow the film on Twitter @The_Identical.

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