A western filmed partially at Old York Farms in Oakman is set to open today in select theaters across the United States.
“Hell on the Border” filmed at Old York as well as in downtown Bessemer and Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park during a 20-day period in January and February. The movie chronicles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who becomes the first black deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. British actor David Gyasi plays Reeves, while the film also stars Frank Grillo, known for roles in several Marvel films and “Purge” films, and Ron Perlman of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Hellboy” fame.
In the Birmingham area, the film can be seen at the Premiere Cinema 14 Promenade in Bessemer. It should also be released in the coming days on several on demand digital services.
“This was something new for us,” said Richard “Bull” Corry, owner of Old York Farms. “We have had some commercials and local things filmed on our property before, but this was our first major motion picture.”
Corry said he plans to see the movie on the big screen before the weekend is over.
“I’ve got to work, and we’ve got a restaurant to run, but we will get over there to watch it for sure,” he said. “I just hope my scenes didn’t end up on the cutting room floor.”
Director Wes Miller told al.com the atmosphere at Old York Farms was deemed highly appropriate for a bustling Western town. Other members of the crew told the Daily Mountain Eagle in January they were surprised to find out they were the first film to shoot at the location.
“It was a lot of fun, but it can be pretty stressful at times too to have that many folks on the property,” Corry said. “We made a lot of new friends through this process, and we plan on hosting more film crews in the future. We’ve already had others looking here.”