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Making 'Visioneers' vision a Valley reality

The movie "Visioneers" was created by Fall City natives Brandon and Jared Drake.

To make the film happen, though, it took the added efforts of about 10 principle actors, about 60 crew members and the Valley community all coming together to support the Drakes' vision.

"It was a fun distraction; something out of the ordinary," said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson.

When one of the producers of the film, James Henney, went to the Snoqualmie administration offices to ask about filming in the city, Larson was eager to accommodate.

"Matt Larson really welcomed us with open arms," said co-executive producer Mark Headley, who has worked as a producer for Disney films.

Brandon and Jared said they always envisioned the film being set in the Snoqualmie Valley and Snoqualmie provided an ideal location, as well as a cost-effective approach.

"It was a pleasure and treat to watch all the people from Los Angeles see what a unique place we have here," Brandon said, thanking mayor Larson and the city for their support. The film was shot over a two-month period, about 23 days, which was a short amount of time but not atypical for an independent movie, Headley said.

It was made for less than $1 million.

Star Zach Galifianakis was on the Snoqualmie set for the entire filming schedule, others in the movie were flown in special for a few days' worth of filming.

Much of the movie was filmed in the Drakes' Fall City family home, hosted by their parents Kathy and Dwaight Drake, and the city of Snoqualmie in locations including Isadora's Books and Cafe and Sahara Pizza.

Gary Schwartz, who operates North Bend's Unity Theatre, provided the film with extras.

Crew members came from both California and from the local Seattle area.

Snoqualmie Police Chief Jim Schaffer was there to provide support, too.

"They've been really great," he said about the movie production team.

Now in editing, the movie will next be submitted to various film festivals. If accepted and shown, the hope is that it will find financial backing from a distributor for wide-screen release in spring 2007.

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