Cast and crew of Duane A. Sikes Productions short film Ortega River Rats
Jacksonville, FL (July 5, 2017) — Duane A. Sikes Productions wrapped principal photography for its short film Ortega River Rats on June 26, 2017. The 20-minute film was written by Jacksonville resident and Writers Guild of America member Sharon Y. Cobb who will take the short to the 2017 American Film Market in Los Angeles to make a deal for a feature. The film’s story is based on Executive Producer Sikes’ idea of Ortega neighborhood kids searching for treasure of the 1930s gangster Machine Gun Kelly who reportedly hid out in Jacksonville.
The film was directed by Robert Henderson (Kruel) and produced by Grace Bryan and Cobb. The film was shot over five days in five locations: a historic Spanish-American War fort on Ft. Caroline Road; a private Black Creek property; the historic Ortega home rumored to be Machine Gun Kelly’s hideout; a former Edison Avenue veterinary office; and a former 1910 general store in Riverside now serving as an Airbnb.
The production employed over 35 crew members and required five days of local catering on location for the crew and a cast of 15. Starring were: Cooper Chapman, Auggie Pulliam, Evan Gray, Hailey Todd, Samuel Portugal, Daniel Forte, Dawn Crawford, Kenny Logsdon, Courtney Gardner, Chad Light, Grace Bryan, Mike Heath, Jr., Dean Phillippi, Sr., Victor Jones, and Gylphie, a Golden Doodle owned and trained by Lisa Fine.
Evan Gray, Cooper Chapman and Auggie Pulliam in Ortega River Rats
Chad Light as Machine Gun Kelly and Grace Bryan as Mrs. Kelly in Ortega River Rats