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Movie “American Cherry” Will Film in Northwest Arkansas

Fayetteville will once again serve as the setting for a major film project. Not long removed from hosting HBO mega-hit “True Detective,” a major feature film is being shot in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Fayetteville-based production company Rockhill Studios confirmed on Wednesday that it is providing production services for NYLA Media Group in its filming of “American Cherry.”

“Rockhill Studios is an In Association Producer and providing production services for the feature film, ‘American Cherry,’” said Blake Elder, president and CEOofRockhill Studios.“This film is a Production of NYLA Media Group from Los Angeles. We are providing 56 production crew jobs to local Arkansas residents and bringing in several million dollars of revenue into the local economy.

“Rockhill Studios has two additional films slated to shoot in Northwest Arkansas in 2019,” he added. “We are very excited and proud to have become a destination production company and are committed to continue the growth of this industry which will be beneficial to Arkansas and the local community. The local-based crew and talent pool are not only some of the best in the region but also in the country. We intend to continue developing the Digital Media industry here and anticipate significant growth.”

Blake and Kerri Elders are serving as executive producers for the film.

According to IMDB, Sarah May Sommers (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Hart Denton (Riverdale) and Leonor Varela (Cleopatra, Blade II) will star in the film.

The film is described as a psychological thriller-romance and is directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz, in what will be her feature film debut.

A synopsis in a Variety’s article reads:

Set in small town, low-income suburbia, “American Cherry” follows a teenage girl who must navigate her freedom and personal identity within a fractured, dysfunctional family. Varela plays her mother, suffering with mental illness and substance abuse, and Denton plays the boy next door who becomes the object of her fascination.

According to a report in the Fayetteville Flyer, film crews are seeking background actors age 15-21 for a school dance scene set to be filmed on July 26. More information can be requested by sending an email to Those interested can also apply to serve as a cast member at




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