Fayetteville will once again serve as the setting for another major film project. After hosting HBO mega-hit “True Detective,” a major feature film titled “American Cherry” a romance thriller, filmed in Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville-based production company Rockhill Studios provided the production service.
Arkansas unique creative economy has been the secret ingredient to film and television success stories like “True Detective” and “Mud,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Rockhill Studios is providing 56 production crew jobs on “American Cherry” to local Arkansas residents and bringing in several million dollars of revenue into the local economy.
The Arkansas film commission asked Producer Hanna Griffiths about the experience:
“From the first day we got to the location scout I knew it was the perfect place for the story. It was the vast nature and unspoiled beauty of the landscape that really inspired our director and cinematographer. We needed a small town vibe that was picturesque and dramatically mysterious. Arkansas had everything to offer. The locals hired with Rockhill Studios were extremely hard working team players. The community was very welcoming and friendly to the production. We shut down roads, popular cafes and gas stations and no-one ever complained. I’m very grateful that the producing team chose to film in Arkansas.”
Set in a small town, low-income suburbia, “American Cherry” follows a teenage girl who must navigate her freedom and personal identity within a fractured, dysfunctional family. Written and Directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz, this is her feature film debut. Produced by: Jeff Wald, Taryn Sims, Hanna Griffiths, David Ross, and Geoffrey Goodman. The production company is Louis Arriola’s NYLA Media Group. “American Cherry” is set to premiere in 2020.