Actors with Arkansas Ties Begin Filming in Madison County

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Arkansas-born actress Joey Lauren Adams, known for roles in Chasing Amy, Dazed and Confused, and Big Daddy, has joined the cast of an independent film set to be filmed in Northwest Arkansas all month.

The film, Valley Inn, is set in Hindsville, Ark., and follows a young woman from New Jersey who is recruited to sell Christian books door-to-door in the small Madison County community.

The film is described as a “love-letter to small town America” and a romantic comedy about a “big city Yankee who loses herself and the small southern town that finds her.”

Adams, 45, was born in North Little Rock. Other actors include David Lansbury, who’s appeared in numerous Broadway plays and in the movie Scent of a Woman, and Russellville, Ark., native Natalie Canerday and Fort Smith native Candyce Hinkle.

Canerday has appeared in 33 films, including October Sky and Walk the Line. Hinkle most recently played “Mrs. Floyd,” the landlady of a Fort Smith boarding House in the 2010 rendition of True Grit.

The film’s writers and producers also have Arkansas ties. The story is written by Arkansas native Kim Swink, and her co-director/husband, Chris Spencer. A Springdale couple, Chris and Keri Elder, will executive produce the film.

The film’s production company, Kindred Films, has already hired close to 100 local actors and crew members, according to a news release from the filmmaker.

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