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January 23, 2014

$7,000 goes a long way for ‘Wild Blue’

ENID, Okla. — Imagine you had $7,000 to make a film.

That’s not a whole lot, considering the blockbusters of today cost millions and millions to make. But Josh Hope, 34, was able to take exactly that much money and turn it into a film about a young man experiencing life as he leaves the Oklahoma foster care system.

The Waynoka native’s film, “Wild Blue,” is being shown at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan. It has been nominated for Best Feature Narrative at the festival.

It’s been quite the journey for Hope, now a resident of Los Angeles, who was trying to cobble together his first full-length film after five short ones. He wrote the script for the film about seven years ago, then a period of time went by when the script was passed around to several production companies.

None wanted to bite. So, Hope decided to make the film himself.

The inspiration behind “Wild Blue” came from Hope’s parents, who live in Waynoka and are foster parents.

“These kids who don’t get adopted, they become the property of the state until they’re 18 years old, then they’re kind of released into the world,” Hope said.

“I thought it was kind of an interesting idea that, he’s released when he’s 18, what happens next.”

Despite the film’s small budget, about 1,000 people came out to audition for the leading roles of the film.

Hope said he put a lot of time and energy into finding good actors  to fulfill the three main roles of Blue, Lola and Mark.

They needed to be good actors, Hope said, because they had to work under extreme circumstances: constantly being on the road, staying in not-so-great motels ... plus, add in the extreme Oklahoma heat in the middle of the summer.

“It was in the triple digits every day,” he said.

But Hope was able to bring everything together, including the music for the film, much of which is performed by Tony Green — described by the Miles Davis of guitar.

“We found a lot of indie bands, those that haven’t been signed yet,” Hope said. “They contributed a lot of music.”

In all, it took about two weeks from when shooting began in northwest Oklahoma — around Laverne and Waynoka — to Lake Michigan, the place where the final scene was shot.

All with a crew of five, at the most.

If you aren’t able to get down to Duncan this weekend, you can watch “Wild Blue” at indieflix.com, a subscription-based site that plays indie films.

For more information about the film, go to wildblue-movie.com, or find “Wild Blue Movie” on Facebook.

For more information on this weekend’s Trail Dance Film Festival, go to www.traildancefilmfestival.com.

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