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Indie film shot at downtown coffee shop

Published 11:04 am Monday, May 19, 2014

Independent film director and producer Mike Gillis enjoys the creative process of putting together a quality short film.

“I really like staying behind the camera. I enjoy writing the stories and choosing a good cast,” said Gillis.

Gillis, a Vicksburg resident, shot a scene for his upcoming short film “A Coffee Shop” in Highway 61 Coffee Shop on South Washington Street on Saturday.

The film will be based on the true story of an Ole Miss college student who has had her share of ups and downs in life. In the movie, the woman will cross paths with a man who she will always remember.

After the production is over, Gillis, who has been writing and producing films for 5 years, said that he plans to send the movie to film festivals in the Southeast. The movie is scheduled to premier this fall in The Strand Theatre here in Vicksburg.

Gillis enjoys theater and film production and learned the trade as an actor for MPB, but found he liked being behind the camera.

Gillis said that he likes to produce films that cater to every age group.

“I like to focus on family friendly films. I don’t like to go beyond a PG-13 rating. I like to do faith-based films. It’s really fun.”

Kristin Faubus, a 24-year-old Vicksburg resident didn’t expect to get a chance to be on film.

“This is very exciting. I was really surprised when I got the role. It’s a great opportunity,” said Faubus.

Glenda Arredondo has enjoyed her experience in the film so much that she plans to pursue other acting opportunities after production wraps up.

“I’ve done some research and I found out that there’s a lot of filming going on in the South. With my schedule being open, I can go to casting calls so that I can know what’s out there,” said Arredondo.

Arrendondo showed joy and excitement about her newfound passion.

“It’s a new interesting thing for me. I like changing and learning new things so I’m enjoying the chance to learn something new.”

Sonia Arredondo, the daughter of Glenda, said portraying a character that has a nasty personality can be difficult.

“It’s a challenge playing a mean person because I’m not like that in real life. This is a fun learning experience that I believe I can gain from,” said Sonia