Oscar-winning director to film movie in Michiana

An Oscar-winning director is bringing his movie-making talents back to Michiana once again.

John Hancock, whose film credits include "Prancer," "A Piece of Eden" and "Suspended Animation," all of which were shot locally, is gearing up to start production on another movie set right here in our community.

Shooting for the untitled film isn't slated to begin until this summer in locations across La Porte County, South Bend and southwest Michigan, but Saturday night folks got a sneak peak before the cameras start rolling.

Hancock and his production team hosted a fundraiser for the film at blue gallery in Three Oaks, thanking the area for its continued support.

“We've got restaurants feeding the crew, we've got cars from an auto dealer who's letting our cast and crew drive cars, we have people providing places for outsiders to stay,” says John Hancock the director. “There's nowhere better to make a movie than Michiana.”

Hancock has been exploring the local talent, too. A 13-year-old from La Porte was cast as one of the main characters in the movie, whose plot centers around her relationship with grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.