Romance can grow among the mounting suds at the local laundromat.
For example, country music superstar Dolly Parton met her future husband Carl Dean when she was 18 on her first day in Nashville, at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat on Wedgewood Avenue.
"Boy meets girl between spin cycles" sounded like an ideal short film premise to Kendall Goldberg, 17, of Munster, a senior at Munster High School, who is in the middle of shooting the movie "Washing Away" at Quick Wash Laundromat, 3034 45th Ave., in Highland.
Today is the final day of filming, with a cast and crew of more than 40 people, ranging from ages 8 to 50.
Goldberg is the co-director, a producer and writer for the project, sharing the credit with Frances Hughes, 16, of Palo Alto, Calif. (now sporting an arm cast, in addition to her movie's cast), who is co-director, producer, writer and music director for "Washing Away."
The two met last summer while attending a young filmmakers camp in Pasadena, Calif., and decided to spend the past year collaborating on an original short film project. With the help of their parents as partial financial backers, and donations from family and friends, the two raised the needed $6,000 for the movie's budget for the needed rented equipment and other requirements.
With the help of their fellow young producer friend Kyle Witvoet, 20, of Lansing, a 2010 graduate of Thornton Fraction High School, the filmmakers convinced Bob and Dara Petrovich to close their strip mall laundromat for three days to become the interior landscape for the filming.
Frances' younger brother Henry Hughes, 14, also of Palo Alto, Calif., stars as one of the young leads, opposite actress Amy Rapp, 22, of Chicago for this story about young couple romances set in the laundromat and spanning 1950 to 1966. Goldberg said the movie, which does not feature dialogue, tells the story through emotions.
She said the completed, edited cut will only run 15 to 20 minutes and will be completed in post-production by Aug. 20, in time to submit it for the short subject category at Sundance Film Festival by the necessary Aug. 27 deadline.
The past three days of film shoots have started at 6:30 a.m. and wrapped by 10 p.m.
"It's been a great experience and there's a wonderful story of romance that unfolds at this special laundromat," Witvoet said, while I toured the set on Thursday and was impressed by the progress.
Audiences, get the popcorn ready, and stay tuned.
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