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Pewee Valley in upcoming film

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By Glen Jennings

Pewee Valley will appear on the silver screen as the location for an upcoming film.

The film, titled “The Relic,” shot footage in the town, including at St. James Episcopal Church.

“Kentucky has a rather nice film incentive, which means that the state gives money back to the company,” Assistant Location Manager Jeff DeSantis said. “When you’re low budget, it’s nice to save all the money you can.”

Desantis said Pewee Valley struck the film crew as the right place for driving shots in particular.

“When it came time to find a location for driving shots that was rural, but not too rural, Pewee Valley made a lot of sense,” Desantis said.

DeSantis described  “The Relic” as an exciting film.

“It’s a suspenseful psychological thriller about a family who make an archeological find,” he said. “I don’t know if chaos is the right word, but things happen afterward.”

The film, which is adapted from a story written by “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, features Shatner and other “Star Trek” alumni.

“Mr. William Shatner is in this and then Jeri Ryan,” DeSantis said. “Our lead, I know he’s had some “Star Trek” affiliation.”

DeSantis said he is excited about the opportunities extended to local film workers now that more productions are shooting in Kentucky.

“I get to work at home. Otherwise, I’d have to travel much more than I do,” he said. “Looking around set right now, I’d say that 90 or 95 percent of the crew I’m looking at are all Kentuckians.”