LEMONT – A movie about the police shooting of an African-American man with mental illness is taking place in downtown Lemont, according to a news release from the production company.
Filming by KC Productions LLC began Aug. 10, and it will continue through Aug. 24 at the historic Budnik Building, the release stated.
The film tells the story of Kenneth Chamberlain, a 68-year-old former Marine from White Plains, N.Y., with bipolar disorder, who was shot by police in November 2011 after his medical alert was mistakenly activated and he didn't allow officers into his home to check on him.
The working title of the film is "The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain." It is written and directed by David Midell, who began his film career drawing inspiration from working as a teacher and therapist in economically disadvantaged areas of Chicago, working with individuals with disabilities and mental illnesses, according to the release. His debut feature "NightLights" told the story of a woman and her brother with autism.
Frankie Faison, known for his roles in "The Wire" and the Hannibal Lecter movies, will play Chamberlain.
In the release, the production company stated it is excited to be filming in Lemont, and working with the village, businesses and community "has been a great experience."