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JACKSON, OHIO, SITE OF NEW FEATURE FILM

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackson, Ohio will be the site for a new Hollywood production announced Eve Lapolla, Manager of the Ohio Film Commission. The feature film called "Best of the Best 3" will begin shooting August 8th.
 "Thanks to the support and cooperation of the people of Jackson county, the Ohio Film Commission was able to interest the Hollywood production company into using this site for the film," said Lapolla.
 The Ohio Film Commission scouted locations for the production company and was successful in finding a large empty industrial site in Jackson county which will be blown up with special effects.
 The former brick and tile factory will be used as the main setting and eventually be ripped apart by bullets and rockets, crashed into by trucks and buses which will result in a final major explosion.
 The story takes place in the fictitious town of Liberty, once a bastion of small town life. The town is in danger of being destroyed by hate and violence until the day Tommy Lee arrives to visit his sister and family. He is a man who has the courage and ability to take on the town's worst enemy and his followers...courage that spreads throughout the population and eventually inspires the town to stand and triumph...together.
 While the story is filled with adventure, it also sends a message to today's struggling youth that hate and prejudice are never the answer, no matter what the circumstance.
 The film will be directed by Phillip Rhee and produced by Marion Staggs. The cast has not yet been announced. "Best of the Best 2" is currently being shown on HBO and "Best of the Best 1" is available at your local video stores.
 MGM's soon to be released "It Runs in the Family," starring Charles Grodin and Mary Steenbergen, filmed in Cleveland; Paramount's "Milk Money," starring Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris, was filmed in Cincinnati and will be released at the end of August; Castle Rock Entertainment's "Shawshank Redemption," filmed in Mansfield and starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins will be released in September.
 The Ohio Film Commission assisted in bringing eight feature films to Ohio in 1993 resulting in $25 million in revenues and approximately 6,500 temporary jobs created.
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 /CONTACT: Eve Lapolla or Steve Cover of the Ohio Department of Development, 800-230-3523/


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