Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lakeland Local Press Covers Endure

The local newspaper has covered Endure almost from conception. This past week, Ledger writer Gary White focused on filming in the South Lake Morton district of Lakeland:

Over the past two weeks, Lakeland has been transformed into Lakeridge, an outwardly placid small city punctured by unspeakable evil. The lawn of the Lakeland Public Library became a cemetery. The former Southside Baptist Church became a morgue, complete with a corpse on a slab. -- Residents Get a Taste of Hollywood in Their Own Back Yards

Ledger reporter Shoshana Walter has the crime beat, so it was only natural she wrote about Technical Advisor Gary Gross. The Lakeland Police Department Sergeant has been a tremendous asset to the film:

Gary Gross is used to the strange hours, the gore and the stress. The police profession has one of the highest rates of suicide and divorce, so he's used to the drama. Now the Lakeland police sergeant has helped bring it all to the film set of "Endure," the Polk-based crime thriller written and directed by Joe O'Brien. -- Lakeland Cop Fits Right Into Film

Walter also took an interesting look at how Lakeland women have responded to Devon Sawa's time in Lakeland:

Ever since “Endure” began filming three weeks ago, something strange has happened to the young women of Lakeland. We giggle. We blush. We fantasize. Why? Because Devon Sawa, one of the film’s stars, is in town. Our town. -- Girlhood Dreams Return Because of 'Endure' Star

Finally, White also published a series of tidbits from the production.

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