DVD premiere of movie shot locally
Published 12:05 am Tuesday, November 11, 2014
A movie set during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge and filmed entirely in Covington County, Ala., is set for DVD release today, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014.
Although production credits list the location simply as “Alabama,” Andalusia’s Kent Smith, who worked as a gaffer for the film, said the specific location was not disclosed to protect the privacy of the property owners.
The Battle of the Bulge was a German offensive launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg. The trailer, which can be viewed here , shows the characters on dirt trails and fields typical also of Alabama.
In the movie, an American tank unit gets trapped behind Nazi lines. With just hours before the bombs of Operation Ardennes Fury fall, the tank’s commander makes the risky decision to rescue an orphanage.
The movie was pre-released at Walmart about two weeks ago and was available locally. It also is available from amazon.com, and other retail outlets.
The production company for “Ardennes,” The Asylum, also did “Sharkanado” and “Sharkanado 2.”
Smith said he’s now worked on three World War II-era movies filmed in Covington County, and he believes there will be more movies shot in Alabama. “The Last Rescue” was one of those; the third is in production.
Three years ago, the legislature passed a film incentive package, he said. Georgia and Louisiana have had these incentives for years. As a result, there are local crews available for projects. A number of local and regional residents participated in the production of “Ardennes Fury,” Smith said.
A number of regional WWII re-enactors also participated, he said. “They are mostly combat veterans and just love re-enacting.”
Smith predicts that the movie business will grow in Birmingham and Mobile, and perhaps to a lesser extent in Dothan.
Smith also works as a location scout.
“It’s like a private detective,” he said. “Only I don’t want to find out anybody’s secrets.”