I’m really looking forward to seeing the opening night film at the 2012 Florida Film Festival, Renee.
The story of Renee Yohe is fascinating and since the movie was filmed practically in my backyard, my interest has skyrocketed.
“Renee” follows Yohe from her days in addiction to the beginnings of her recovery, when friends Jamie Tworkowski and David McKenna took her in, sobered her up and got her into rehab.
“Renee” has was filmed in and around Orlando. From downtown to Thornton Park to Full Sail University in Winter Park. It’s a movie with a major buzz and has the honor of being the opening night movie of the FL Film Fest. It stars Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) as Renee.
“I have a lot of friends and some family who have been through similar things,” Dennings said this week, on location at a 1920s vintage private home in Thornton Park. “When I read the script, I didn’t think I could do it. Too difficult. But that told me that I should do it.”
Murray, most famous for TV’s “One Tree Hill, says “There’s this enigmatic thing about Renee that pulls you in. She’s captivating. Kat has that. She’s a very free spirit. She doesn’t care what people say. She’s gone to very dark places for this and it’s been a pleasure to watch her do it.”
“Renee,” has an edge, a “name” cast and hot subject matter that invite comparisons to another Central Florida underbelly movie – the Oscar winning “Monster” (2003). Much of the local crew from that film is also on board “Renee.”
I will see what all the hype is about with my own eyes on April 13th at the FL Film Fest, where I will also interview the real life star Renee Yohe.