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'Blood Country' — Filming moves to country cabin
by Jebb Johnston
Mar 21, 2017 | 3682 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Among those who served as extras for the movie "Blood Country" at the Jacinto Courthouse on Monday were (from left) Cindy Bullard, Nelda Warren, Joshua Cole, Pam Foster and Diane Hilburn. / Staff Photo by Jebb Johnston
Among those who served as extras for the movie "Blood Country" at the Jacinto Courthouse on Monday were (from left) Cindy Bullard, Nelda Warren, Joshua Cole, Pam Foster and Diane Hilburn. / Staff Photo by Jebb Johnston
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A long day of filming on Monday for the makers of “Blood Country” took them from sleepy Jacinto to a cabin in Tippah County.

Back in Jacinto on Tuesday, the crew was again inside the courtroom late in the morning, working on a jail conference scene. Meanwhile, windows in one of the lower level rooms were being blocked with dark coverings to create a night scene.

After shooting into the evening hours on Monday, the cast and crew headed to a cabin near Ripley. The structure was the childhood home of General Nathan Bedford Forest, according to Matthew Horton, a producer and actor in the film who has family ties to Tippah County. His great-uncle rescued the cabin.

“I think it was to the point where age had taken its toll and they were just going to demo it,” said Horton. “He had it relocated to Tippah County, and he restored it.”

Horton, who lives in Jackson, portrays Silas Loftin, a brother of the feuding Loftin brothers in the Western thriller.

In Tippah County, “It was a nighttime scene where Joe — the brother that murdered my other brother — he breaks out of prison and escapes back to his home,” he said. “His wife is asleep. She didn’t think she was ever going to see him again, and there he is.”

Horton, who works in engineering project management when he is not on a movie with Running Wild Films, is serving as producer for the first time on “Blood Country.” He helped secure Jacinto as a shooting location and is excited about the story.

“I’ve seen Hollywood films that the plot was thinner than this,” said Horton.

Numerous locals participated on Monday as extras at Jacinto. David Stevens of the band Lost Cause picked up a speaking part as the judge during the courtroom scene along with Nick Bain, who portrayed the defense attorney.
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