ARCADIA VALLEY – The Missouri Film Commission hopes it will soon have the opportunity to convince producers of the new ABC TV show, Resurrection, to begin filming the series in and around the city of Arcadia, Mo., where the supernatural storyline is set.
The show’s exterior shots are now being filmed in the state of Georgia — more than 500 miles away from Iron County’s Arcadia Valley.
Under the leadership of local author Melissa Miles-McCarter, the organization, Resurrection Arcadia, has been relentless in its attempt to tie the series to the Valley in hopes of providing a “jump start” to a community that has seen better days economically.
Miles-McCarter said she has heard from MFC Film Specialist Andrea Sporcic who said the commission is going to LA and hopes to lobby producers of Resurrection to film in the Valley.
Resurrection Arcadia has been encouraging people for quite some time to sign a petition asking the network to film the series locally. Miles-McCarter considers the contact from MFC to be yet another vindication of the hard work she and the group have been doing on behalf of the small Iron County community.
“All thanks to the hundreds of signatures on the petition,” she wrote Thursday on her Facebook page. “Believing in the impossible yet?”
Just last week, Resurrection Arcadia worked in concert with the ABC TV Network to hold an advanced screening of Resurrection for about 240 people at the Academy in Arcadia. On Sunday a group viewing of the show was also held.
Now Resurrection Arcadia’s attention turns to assisting the MFC in bringing the show’s filming to the state.
According to information received from MFC, on March 27 it will be hosting the Sixth Annual Missouri Meet-Up in Westwood, Calif. Along with drinks and a pizza buffet, MFC members are hoping to serve up lots of networking opportunities with movie and television bigwigs in hopes of convincing them to bring their next production to the state.
That makes perfect sense since MFC was created in 1983 for the very purpose of attracting film, television, video and cable productions to Missouri — along with promoting the growth of the film and video production industry within the state. The commission also works closely with various federal, state and local officials, as well as institutions, private businesses and individuals.
Sporcic has praised Miles-McCarter for all the work she and Resurrection Arcadia has done and is encouraging the group to work with MFC in convincing Resurrection producers to attend the meet-up.
There’s some other good news for those hoping the series will help resurrect the Arcadia Valley’s flagging fortunes. It looks like the show’s Sunday premiere “hit one out of the ballpark” for the fourth-place network with an impressive 13.9 million viewers tuning in.
That made Resurrection the No. 2 drama premiere this season and ABC’s biggest since V in 2009. Against it, the season finale of HBO's True Detective scored a series-high 3.5 million and the Cosmos redo opener claimed 8.5 million across 10 networks, including Fox's 5.8 million.
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Believing in the impossible yet?”
- Melissa Miles-McCarter