‘Last Best Summer Ever’ to film in Franklin
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development approved a $156,500 grant for Last Best Summer Ever to film in and around Franklin. During production, the movie will employ approximately 30 Tennessee crewmembers, and more than half of its 22-member cast is local.
The family-friendly movie tells the story of Scott and his 12-year-old son, Caleb, moving on in life two years after Maria, the wife and mother of the family, has passed away. The summer kicks off with Caleb’s teacher encouraging students to have the best summer ever. But Scott has other plans, telling his son he’s accepted a job out of state and they will be moving before the start of the new school year. The story is about transformation and hope, as Scott and Caleb find their way, all while Caleb tries to make this the last best summer ever.
The cast includes David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place) in the role of Scott, Caleb’s father; Nicos Christou in the role of Caleb; and Jaci Velasquez (local musician and radio personality) as Maria, Scott’s wife and Caleb’s mother.
Locally based Abington Ridge Films and Triple Horse Films of Atlanta are producing the movie, which is being directed by Ken Carpenter, who operated Franklin Films for many years.
Carpenter said, “The crews in Nashville are top rate, and it’s an exciting time in the independent film world. Nashville has a palpable sort of energy that lends itself to this being a great place to shoot. Everybody involved is very excited about working on this picture.”
Franklin-based EchoLight Studios will distribute Last Best Summer Ever in spring 2015