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Movie starring Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter to film in Knoxville in June

By Maggie Jones

“Dog Years,” an upcoming movie starring “Smokey and the Bandit” actor Burt Reynolds, 80, and actress Ariel Winter, 18, (“Modern Family”), will film in Knoxville beginning in June, according to a release from Visit Knoxville. The film will employ around 100 people, and Visit Knoxville Film Office director Curt Willis has been coordinating with the film’s producers, Gordon Whitener and Neil Mandt, and its writer and director, Adam Rifkin, so that locations, crew, talent, office space and hotels are available for filming, the release said.

“Dog Years” is still looking for actors, locations and local vendors. Those interested can email dogyearsmovie@gmail.com for information on casting calls and more.

Visit Knoxville and the film office will have a press conference about “Dog Years” later on, the release said.

The film is described as a dark comedy in an article from Hollywood website, the Tracking Board.

“The story revolves around an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are far behind him when he’s invited to receive a lifetime achievement award from a tiny East coast film festival,” the article said. “Embarrassed by the low rent event, he bails on the award and forces the emotionally unstable girl assigned to be his driver to take him on a soul searching tour of the landmarks of his youth.”

“We are thrilled that the ‘Dog Years’ team has decided to bring their project to Knoxville,” said Willis in the Visit Knoxville release. “In realizing the impact this film could have on our community, the city of Knoxville, as well as the county, have been very supportive in incentivizing this venture.”

Source: http://archive.knoxnews.com/entertainment/movies/movie-starring-burtreynolds-ariel-winter-to-film-in-knoxville-in-june-326c3755-a9c6-35b3-e053- 01000-378669101.html

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