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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Movie crew comes to Leavenworth

  • Two Leavenworth eating establishments were transformed back to the 1950s Sunday for scenes for an independent movie.
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  • Two Leavenworth eating establishments were transformed back to the 1950s Sunday for scenes for an independent movie.
    The Corner Pharmacy lunch counter and Homer's Drive In were used for scenes for the film "Jayhawkers," which is about the recruitment of Wilt Chamberlain to play basketball for the University of Kansas.
    Most of the movie has been shot in Lawrence. But the two Leavenworth locations were chosen because they "have really great '50s architecture," said director Kevin Willmott.
    Willmott, who teaches at the KU film school, said about 20 crew members and 15 cast members were on hand for the shooting of the scenes in Leavenworth.
    "I'm going to be an extra," said Ron Booth, who owns The Corner Pharmacy.
    Members of the public had been invited to show up at the two shooting locations to be extras in the movie.
    KU junior Justin Wesley, who plays basketball at the university, is portraying Wilt Chamberlain in the movie.
    Booth said the film crew had to remove signs and other items at the his business' lunch counter because they didn't fit in with the period of the 1950s or have trademark material that couldn't be used in the movie.
    Willmott said shooting on the film is almost finished. He hopes to have the film completed by the first of the year. He said officials with the movie will try to enter it into major film festivals.

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