Filming begins on local movie, 'Durant's Never Closes'

Lights -- camera -- action. This weekend marks the first day of shooting for the feature film "Durant's Never Closes."

It's a movie about the life of Durant's restaurant owner, Jack Durant, and the mystery and intrigue surrounding him.

The actors in place…the cameras rolling…and the set dressed to perfection.

This is the first weekend of filming for the feature film, "Durant's Never Closes," a film written and directed by Phoenix local, Travis Mills.

"He realized there is a fascinating character here," said Executive Producer, Michael Doven. "He took the time and wrote the script, and he approached Tom Sizemore and thought he could play Jack Durant like nobody's business." 

Tom Sizemore, who has played in movies like "Saving Private Ryan" and "Blackhawk Down," was on set to bring Durant to life.

And walking onto the set of the film you'd never know you weren't actually inside the downtown phoenix restaurant, but rather a studio in Glendale.

"We have the same wallpaper, and they have a lot of the same detail to be authentic," Doven said.

No detail has been overlooked, from the cigarettes on the tables to the register behind the bar. A lot of anticipation for the first day of filming, after so many years of preparation and planning.

"There's a big anticipation like the super bowl or something," says Doven. "Everyone wants to be ready, everyone wants to be good and then you show up and start the cameras rolling and after the first shot or two, it's rolling, it's moving and it's good and it's exciting."

The actors and crew will be shooting in and around Phoenix before they hope to wrap up in a few months.

The movie has already been picked up by a studio in Los Angeles, but when it will be released is still yet to be determined.
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