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Albion couple shooting another film locally

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – There was a lot of head turning on Main Street in Albion today when motorists passed near Beaver Alley. A film crew was getting footage of actresses who appeared as “working women.”

The scene will be part of a new film by Rhonda Parker, a film director and writer in Albion. Her latest film is called “Message in a Bottle.”

Her husband Mark Parker is the lead videographer and editor.

DaShaun Baldwin is one of the actresses in “Message in a Bottle.” She tries to entice “Timmy,” a teen-age boy played by Jack Champion.

According to a synopsis of the film: “A trio of young teens’ lives are changed forever when they go on a journey to rescue a kid sending eerie notes down stream in bottles.

“Johnny Tatro (Matthew Owen Kozak) is a passionate young teen that has been mislabeled due to skeletons in his family closet. His sarcastic, socially immature best friend, Timmy (Jack Champion) has been sheltered his entire life due to medical issues.

“Emily (Emma Morrison) is a young women trying to get out from under her sister’s shadow and find her own identity. Each set out on this Journey to an unknown destination for their own reasons and a shared bond of friendship. Can the optimism of youth survive the harsh light of day?”

The film crew is on location at Beaver Alley this afternoon.

Rhonda and Mark Parker have named their film production company, Beaver Alley Studios. They said they will be shooting the film over 12 days at many locations in Albion and Orleans County.

Mrs. Parker said she is aiming to have the new film released in spring 2016.

Parker released her first film last year. “Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends” was named the “Best Western New York Student Film” by the 2014 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival Dreamer Awards. That film racked up six award nominations, including Best Comedy Feature, Best WNY Feature, Best WNY Student Film, Best WNY Director (Feature) for Rhonda Parker, Best WNY Screenplay (Feature) for Rhonda Parker, and Best Performance by a WNY Actress for Amelia Favata.

Rhonda Parker, front left, and her husband Mark, kneeling with camera, work on a shot as part of their newest film.

For more on Beaver Alley Studios, visit beaveralleystudios.com.