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GREENVILLE, S.C. —A new movie is being shot in town, and the director, who is from Greenville, says you will see some familiar landmarks in the film.
The film, “Tinker,” has been in the works for a couple of years, and is in part a collaboration of three close friends, director Sonny Marler, and actors Christian Kane and Clayne Crawford.
Marler and Crawford, who is in “Rectify” on the Sundance Channel, and Kane, who was in the series “Leverage” for five seasons, have been friends for years.
Kane said they started hanging out together when they were “good ole country boys” trying to survive in Hollywood.
The cast and crew of “Tinker” will be in Greenville for the next week shooting at multiple locations, including Falls Park, Cleveland Park and a downtown apartment and garden.
Kane said, “We’re using South Carolina as the backdrop, it’s an actor in the movie. So you can’t find this in a lot of places, and for some reason Greenville just suits it so well.”
Marler (pictured right) chose the location because it suits the plot and characters of the film, but also because it is his hometown.
“We’re going to put landmarks in there for Greenville to be proud of. This film, absolutely I want for the citizens of Greenville to be proud of this film of what we’re doing.”
The synopsis describes “Tinker” as the story of a hermit farmer who discovers his late father’s secret journal containing plans to a magnetic powered machine that could change the world, as he unexpectedly becomes custodian of his gifted 6-year-old nephew after the boy’s mom’s untimely death.
Without giving up the story, Marler says it is woven around Nikola Tesla and the invention of wireless technology.
Marler said that ultimately, the movie tells the story of love between fathers and sons over generations, and of a man who didn’t want to be a father becoming one. He said it is an important film for him because his own 5-year-old son is “the love of his life.”
“Tinker” is Marler’s first movie as a director. He also worked on the documentary “Who Is Alvin Greene?”
Kane is also starring in a new television series called “The Librarians,” which he describes as “Indiana Jones with magic.” The series also stars John Larroquette and Rebecca Romijn, who Kane describes as being like a s sister to him, and another of Kane’s longtime friends, Noah Wyle.
The series premise is a group of librarians sets off on adventures in an effort to save mysterious, ancient artifacts. The series on TNT premieres Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.