Bryan College alumni debut film shot in Dayton, Tenn.

Bryan College alumni debut film shot in Dayton, Tenn.

April 22nd, 2013 by Kimberly McMillian in Local Regional News

Writer and director Bryce McGuire, center, of the Southern-short film, "The Jesus Fish," directs the crowd of extras during the taping of the film, shot on location at the Spivey Memorial United Methodist Church in Dayton, Tenn.

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What: "Jesus Fish" cast, crew and friends screening

When: Today at 8:30 p.m.; Q&A and reception with filmmakers after screening.

Where: Bryan College's Rudd Auditorium, Dayton, Tenn.

Admission: Free

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DAYTON, Tenn. - Bryan College alumni Bryce McGuire and Colton Davie debuted their collaborative film "Jesus Fish" at the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, S.C., over the weekend, and it's coming to Dayton tonight.

McGuire, the film's writer and director, said he hoped all those who helped with the making of the movie will be "proud to be a part of it."

McGuire and Davie filmed the movie during eight days in August 2011 and spent last year editing it, said Davie, the film's producer and cinematographer. This was their first nonstudent film.

"Jesus Fish" is centered around a con man who woos local church members into believing he's a repentant miracle worker. McGuire has said his inspiration came from a 1955 thriller.

Both men said the film had its challenges, but it was a rewarding experience to have the support they received while it was in production in the area.

Davie said the most difficult logistical challenge involved the underwater scenes filmed in Sale Creek.

McGuire laughingly said the film had provided him with a "reality check" about the financial aspects of filmmaking and an appreciation for all the hospitality shown to them.

"I wish we could thank everybody," he said.

Local resident Nick Welch offered the crew the use of his dock and home during the week of filming, Davie said. Other sites used in the movie include Spivey United Methodist Church in Dayton and Wayside Baptist Church in Sale Creek.

Local actor Tony McCuiston served as the film's small-town pastor, while Los Angeles-based actor Tomas Pais stepped in as a replacement to portray the film's endearing con man Timothy West after actor Matt O'Leary had a scheduling conflict.

Pais had described the film as "an opportunity to participate in a project full of creativity."

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