JACKSON, LA (WAFB) - A film shot in south Louisiana and directed by actor Ethan Hawke was shown Thursday during the opening of the Louisiana International Film Festival in Baton Rouge.
"Blaze" is about the life of country-western singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, who was a well-respected musician but always on the cusp of fame.
The film was shot exclusively in East and West Feliciana parishes in late 2016 and early 2017.
Hawke got the idea to make the film in south Louisiana after working on the film Born to be Blue at Village Studios in Jackson, La.
Jake Seal, one of the producers of Blaze, spoke to WAFB Thursday at Village Studios and explained why Louisiana was the perfect fit for the film.
"In this surrounding area of East and West Feliciana we ended up shooting in nearly 60 locations and we built 18 different sets on site as well, ranging from a New York apartment to Chicago, to Austin, you name and all sorts of things on set, and the tree house we have still hidden out in the back."
Blaze lived part of his life in a tree house and crews spent weeks working to recreate it for the film. The tree house still remains on the property of Village Studios.
The photography of the film only took about four weeks but the post-production process took much longer.
Seal said he, Hawke, and the other producers spend a year in post-production to ensure the sound of the film was a fitting tribute to Foley.
There were two screenings of the film Thursday night at Cinemark Theaters in Perkins Rowe at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.