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Sugar Mountain shoots Seward


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Sugar Mountain roustabouts stage equipment around Seward City Hall for a shoot in the basement jail. Every location is an adventure but at least there was no wind or rain to withstand.

According to the producers at Yellow Brick Films, the filming of Sugar Mountain began in Seward on March 10 and is expected to continue for six weeks. The modestly budgeted independent production, starring Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa, is expected to wrap up Seward operations around April 18. The titular mountain is one of the few fictional topographical elements in the script, which turns a staged disappearance into quite an ordeal.

The action and adventure thriller is filming locations throughout the area while using many familiar place names. The film crew has already completed over a week of scenes in front yards, homes and out on Resurrection Bay. The recent dailies were compiled into an edit that was exhibited at Tony's Bar on Friday evening. The screening of a rough compilation of scenes will continue to take place weekly at different locations around Seward.

Along with professional actors, a few familiar faces will also grace the screen, albeit briefly. With a handful of talking parts set aside for local casting, select Sewardites are playing minor roles in the feature. However, extras are needed throughout the entire film and certain days are especially important to make the film work.

The stage will be set March 31 at Lowell Point Beach for an all day outdoor event. There will be tents with heaters, a barbecue and a raffle along with snacks and beverages for breaks in the action. A few days after, on April 4, there will be an adults only shoot at the Pit Bar through the afternoon and evening. Finally, a shoot at St. Peter's Church on April 10 is planned but the details are a little bit fuzzy.

All public filming events are non-paid and there will be wardrobe requirements for participation. Sewardites are welcome to bring friends and family along for these dates. Because of the unpredictable nature of the art, and the weather, dates may change. For information contact the production company at


Reader Comments

unimpressed writes:

Good revenue for locals who are always beside themselves when hollywood comes to town--Doesn't impress me much--its another lame movie like the last one,it will go to dvd and sit on the shelves except for Sewardites who have dreams of grandeur--and remember the State of Alaska had to pay for the privilege lol


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