With shooting scheduled to begin Oct. 10, Emmemax Films announced this past Thursday that the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) will be used in their upcoming feature film, Lonely Joe.
The independent film company worked with Dennis Brogan of Mayor Matt Driscoll's Office, Larry Leatherman of the MOST and Richard Sykes Sr. of RHS Holdings, LLC to secure the usage and promotion of Armory Square and the MOST building.
"They've been very helpful," said Producer Jody Pucello. "They're letting us shoot off of their roof so we should get some good angles from it."
Lonely Joe is a supernatural suspense thriller based on true events that took place in South Texas about 20 years ago. A haunting curiosity drives newspaper reporter Michelle Connelly back to her hometown of Solvay after 10 years to uncover what is truly happening on the railroad tracks behind Joe Gainard's old farm. Hoping to discover the truth behind a decade of cover-ups and disappearances, she is stonewalled by several people along the way who would prefer that these tragedies remain a mystery.
Lonely Joe Productions and it's parent company Emmemax films intend to use the opportunity to not only shoot footage for the film, but to promote the Syracuse area as a business and film-friendly environment in hopes of attracting other independent film-makers to the area.
Emmemax Films also announced that they have received unanimous approval from the Village of Solvay and Town of Geddes Counsels to utilize the Village's Police Station, Town Hall, and other major facilities and roadways for the production of Lonely Joe.
Emmemax Films thanked the Community Leaders of Syracuse, Solvay, Geddes, Eldridge, and Jordan for their assistance.
The company will be shooting scenes at Eagle Newspaper's main offices in East Syracuse, and will be using the Solvay-Geddes Express in the film.
Emmemax Films of Solvay and Lonely Joe Productions was founded by Texas-native Michael Coonce, who wrote and will be directing the film, and Solvay resident and business owner Jody Pucello. The pair hopes that the success of this film will help increase Upstate, NY's visibility within the Entertainment Industry.