Little Rock native returns home to film movie

Little Rock native returns home to film movie

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- When deciding where to shoot his first feature film, Little Rock's own, and USC Film School graduate, Justin Warren, says he didn't have to look far.

"It's always been a dream of mine to come back home to Arkansas to make my first film, because to me, I like to make films that are extremely personal. What better place to do it, than where I spent 24 years of my 28 year life", says Warren.

The next question, Warren asked himself, what story do I tell?

"I started thinking 'what are some interesting topics in my life that are rife with conflict? My relationship with my brother has been very up and down."

That's because his brother, Jamie, is a convicted felon.

"I always said 'if I'm going to be a film maker, I'm going to be the best film maker I can be.' My brother is like 'I'm going to be the best attorney I can be. My middle brother was like 'I'm going to be a criminal, so I'm going to be the best criminal I can be.'"

Jamie was set to play himself in the movie, titled 'Then There was Joe", but skipped town before filming began and landed himself on Pulaski County's Most Wanted.

Warren and his crew invited us inside the Pulaski County Jail, where they are filming part of the movie. If you've never been to the jail, they say Arkansans will have plenty of opportunities to spot other familiar places because the movie was filmed right in our back yard.

"I got to learn more about my home state, my home, and it's very liberating because in Los Angeles, everybody is trying to make a movie. It's very hard to get people to help you, but since I've been back, all I've gotten is help", Warren continues.

A majority of the film's funding was donated by Arkansans, one of the many reasons, Warren hopes to debut the movie at an Arkansas film festival.

Production for "Then There was Joe" will wrap up this Sunday.

The movie will be released in 2016.


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