Poughkeepsie (town), New York
Poughkeepsie the Town of Poughkeepsie, is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 43,341; the name is derived from the native term Uppuqui meaning "lodge-covered", plus ipis meaning "little water", plus ing meaning "place", all of which translates to "the reed-covered lodge by the little water place", or Uppuqui-ipis-ing. This evolved into Apokeepsing into Poughkeepsing, Poughkeepsie; the area includes a large IBM campus noted for its ongoing development and manufacturing of IBM mainframes. The town was first settled around 1780 and was part of the Schuyler Patent of 1788; the town of Poughkeepsie was established in 1788 as part of a general organization of towns in the county. In 1854, part of the western section of the town an independent village, became the city of Poughkeepsie. At least two National Historic Landmarks are located in the town: the Vassar College Observatory and the Main Building of Vassar College. Vassar College, Dutchess Community College, Marist College are located in the town of Poughkeepsie.
Our Lady of Lourdes High School is a private, co-educational, Catholic high school located at a former IBM site on Boardman Road. Poughkeepsie Day School is an independent, co-educational, day school for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, located at another former IBM site on Boardman Road. Oakwood Friends School is a private, co-educational middle school and high school located near the western end of State Route 113. Spackenkill High School is a co-educational public high school located on Spackenkill Road and has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the U. S Department of Education, part of the Spackenkill Union Free School District among Orville A. Todd Middle School and Nassau Elementary, their school mascot is the Spackenkill Spartan. Due to its proximity to the IBM plant nearby, many of the students are direct descendants of "IBMers". There are several school districts such as Poughkeepsie city; the first Arlington High School was in Poughkeepsie before being moved to the more rural Lagrangeville.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.2 square miles, of which 28.5 square miles is land and 2.6 square miles, or 8.44%, is water. The Hudson River, which marks the boundary of Ulster County, forms the majority of the western border of the town; the city of Poughkeepsie occupies the remainder of the town's western border. The town is bordered by Hyde Park to the north, Pleasant Valley to the northeast, LaGrange to the east, Wappinger to the southeast. U. S. Route 9, U. S. Route 44 and State Route 55 pass through the town; the town of Poughkeepsie operates under a council–manager form of government. The Town Supervisor is the chief administrative officer of the town and village, selected to carry out the directives of the council; the Deputy Supervisor enforces its ordinances and laws. The Town Supervisor is involved in the discussion of all matters coming before council yet has no final vote; the Town Board is the legislative body consisting of five council members.
The Town Supervisor serves as the presiding officer of the council. The council functions to set policy, approve the annual budget and enact local laws and ordinances; the Town Supervisor and Town Clerk are elected officials, as are the Town Council members from the six wards of the town. Three fire departments cover the town of Poughkeepsie: the Arlington Fire District covers most of the town, from the southern end to the LaGrange line, from the city line north, the Fairview Fire Department covers a small 4-mile section in the northern section of the town near Saint Francis Hospital, the New Hamburg Fire Department covers the south end; the fire districts operate a total of seven fire stations spread out over the town, as their district covers a large area. The departments are capable of handling fires, rescues and natural disasters; the departments operate a varied fire apparatus fleet, along with basic life support and advanced life support emergency medical services within the Arlington Fire District.
Within the Fairview section, Mobile Life Support Services is contracted to handle advanced life support calls. All EMS transports in the New Hamburg Fire District are covered by Mobile Life Support Services through a contract with the town of Poughkeepsie. Police protection is provided by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department; when someone calls 911, the call is routed to the Dutchess 911 center in the town of Poughkeepsie, they route it to the town police department's communications center, who dispatch the closest unit based on a GPS map. The Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center is located in the town, Vassar Brothers Medical Center is located a mile away in the city of Poughkeepsie; as of the census of 2000, there were 42,777 people, 14,605 households, 10,121 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,487.5 people per square mile. There were 15,132 housing units at an average density of 526.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 63.01% White, 38.07% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 5.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.62% from other races, 2.00% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.27% of the population. These groups enrich the area's biocultural diversity, as is manifested in the neighborhoods and local ethnic markets. There were 14,605 households out of which 32.9% had
The Thin Red Line (1998 film)
The Thin Red Line is a 1998 Canadian-American epic war film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the 1962 novel of the same name by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount Austen, part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II, it portrays soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, played by Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas and Ben Chaplin. The film's title comes from the novel, which alludes to a line from Rudyard Kipling's poem "Tommy", from Barrack-Room Ballads, in which he calls foot soldiers "the thin red line of heroes", referring to the stand of the 93rd Regiment in the Battle of Balaclava of the Crimean War; the film marked Malick's return to filmmaking after a 20-year absence. It co-stars Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, John C. Reilly and John Travolta; the first assembled cut took seven months to edit and ran five hours.
By the final cut, footage of performances by Bill Pullman, Lukas Haas, Mickey Rourke had been removed. The film was shot by John Toll. Principal photography took place in the Solomon Islands; the film grossed $98 million against its $52 million budget. Critical response was positive and the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Sound, it won the Golden Bear at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival. Martin Scorsese ranked it as his second-favorite film of the 1990s. On At the Movies, Gene Siskel called it "the greatest contemporary war film I've seen". A previous film adaptation of the novel was released in 1964. United States Army Private Witt goes AWOL from his unit and lives among the carefree Melanesian natives in the South Pacific, he is imprisoned on a troop carrier by First Sergeant Welsh of his company. The men of C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese.
As they wait in a Navy transport, they contemplate the invasion. Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Tall talks with Brigadier General Quintard about the invasion and its importance. C Company lands on Guadalcanal unopposed and marches to the interior of the island, encountering natives and evidence of the Japanese presence, they arrive near a key Japanese position. The Japanese have placed bunkers at the top of the hill and anyone attempting the climb will be cut down. A brief shelling of the hill begins the next day at dawn. C Company is repelled by gunfire. Among the first killed is one of the platoon leaders, Second Lieutenant Whyte. In the battle, having advanced further up the hill, a squad led by Sergeant Keck hides behind a knoll safe from enemy fire to wait for reinforcements. Keck reaches for a grenade on his belt and accidentally pulls the pin throws himself back so that he will be the only one to die. Lieutenant Colonel Tall orders the company commander, Captain James Staros, to take the bunker by frontal assault, at whatever cost.
Staros refuses and Tall decides to join Staros on the front line to see the situation. The Japanese resistance seems to have lessened, Tall's opinion of Staros seems to have been sealed. Private Witt, having been assigned punitively as a stretcher bearer, asks to rejoin the company, is allowed to do so. A small detachment of men performs a reconnaissance mission on Tall's orders to determine the strength of the Japanese bunker. Private Bell reports, he joins another small team of men, led by Captain John Gaff, on a flanking mission to take the bunker. The operation is a success and C Company overruns one of the last Japanese strongholds on the island; the Japanese they find are malnourished and dying, put up little resistance. For their efforts, the men are given a week's leave, though they find little joy in the respite in the fighting: the airfield where they are based comes under enemy artillery bombardment, he offers to arrange a Silver Star for Staros, to avoid the unit's name being stained by having an officer removed from command.
Bell receives a letter from his wife informing him that she has fallen in love with someone else and wishes to divorce. Witt comes across the locals and notices that they have grown distant and distrustful of him and quarrel with one another; the company is sent on patrol up a river but with the inexperienced 1st Lieutenant George Band at its head. As Japanese artillery fire falls close to their positions, they are attacked. To buy time for Corporal Fife to go back and inform the rest of the unit, Witt draws away the Japanese but is encircled by one of their squads, who demand that he surrender, he is gunned down. The company is able to retreat safely, Witt is buried by Welsh and his squadmates. C Company receives a new commander, Captain Bosche and boards a waiting LCT, departing from the island. Beyond these numerous top-billed cast, the ensemble included
The New World (2005 film)
The New World is a 2005 British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia and inspired by the historical figures Captain John Smith, Pocahontas of the Powatan Native American tribe, Englishman John Rolfe. It is the fourth feature film directed by Malick; the cast includes Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, David Thewlis and Yorick van Wageningen. The production team includes director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, costume designer Jacqueline West and film editors Richard Chew, Hank Corwin, Saar Klein and Mark Yoshikawa; the New World received many award nominations for Lubezki's cinematography, Kilcher's acting and Horner's score. The work was met with an only mildly positive critical response, although several critics ranked it as one of the best films of the decade. In 1607, the spirited and adventurous daughter of Chief Powhatan, others from her tribe witness the arrival of three ships sent by English royal charter to found a colony in the New World.
Aboard one of the ships is Captain John Smith, below decks, in chains. While sentenced to death by hanging for his mutinous remarks, once ashore, Smith is pardoned by Captain Christopher Newport, the leader of the expedition. While the prospects for the settlement are bright, poor discipline, supply shortages, tensions with the local Native Americans place the expedition in jeopardy. Smith takes a small group of men upriver to seek trade while Newport returns to England for supplies. While on this mission, Smith is captured by a group of Native Americans and brought before their Chief Powhatan. After being questioned, the captain is nearly executed, he is spared when Pocahontas saves his life. Living among the Native Americans as a prisoner for an extended period, Smith is treated well and earns the friendship and respect of the tribe. Coming to admire this new way of life, he falls in love with Pocahontas, she is intrigued by his ways. The chief returns Smith to Jamestown with the understanding that the English are to leave the following spring, once their boats have returned.
Upon his return, Smith encounters the settlement in turmoil. Pressed into accepting the governorship, he finds the peace he had with the Natives replaced by privation and the difficult responsibilities of his new position. Smith dismisses such action, he thinks of his time among the Native Americans as "a dream". Their numbers dwindle throughout the brutal winter, the settlers are saved only when Pocahontas and a rescue party arrive with food and supplies; as spring arrives, Powhatan realizes. Discovering his daughter's actions, he orders an attack on Jamestown and exiles Pocahontas. Repulsing the attack, the settlers learn of Pocahontas' banishment from her own homeland, they organize a trade so that the young woman can be taken captive and used as leverage to avoid further assaults. Samuel Argall convinces the settlers on a trading expedition up the Potomac River to abduct Pocahontas from the Patawomecks as a prisoner to negotiate with her father for an exchange for some captive settlers, but not the stolen weapons and tools.
When Smith opposes the plan, he is removed as governor. After Pocahontas is brought to Jamestown and Smith renew their love affair; the return of Captain Newport adds complications. Newport tells Smith of an offer from the king to lead his own expedition to find passage to the East Indies. Torn between his love and the promise of his career, the captain decides to return to England. Before he departs, he leaves instructions with another settler; the settler tells Pocahontas that Smith has died in the crossing, which leaves her distraught. Devastated, Pocahontas still mourns the "death" of her love. Continuing to live in Jamestown, she is comforted by a new settler, John Rolfe, he helps. She is baptized, receives education, marries Rolfe and gives birth to a son whom they name Thomas, she learns that Captain Smith is indeed still alive, news to which she has a violent reaction. Pocahontas finds herself rejecting Rolfe and retreats to her loyalty to Smith, thinking fate had spared his life and they were to be reunited.
Rolfe and his family are given a chance to travel to England. Arriving in London and sharing an audience with the king and queen, Pocahontas is overwhelmed by the wonders of this "New World." While there, she has a private meeting with Smith. The reunion is uncomfortable at times; the state of their present lives shows. Smith admits, he says that what they experienced in Virginia was not a dream but instead "the only truth." When asked by Pocahontas if he found his Indies, he replies, "I may have sailed past them." The two part, never to meet again. Realizing that Rolfe is the man she thought he was and more, she accepts him as her husband and love. Pocahontas and Rolfe make arrangements to return to Virginia. Before they depart, she dies; the film ends with images of the young adult Pocahontas and her young son playing in the gardens of their English estate. Rolfe, in a voice over, reads a letter, addressed to their only son about his deceased Native American mother. In the film's closing moments, Pocahontas says, "Mother, now I know where you live" with the film fadi
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
The Academy Award for Best Film Editing is one of the annual awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations for this award are correlated with the Academy Award for Best Picture. For 33 consecutive years, 1981 to 2013, every Best Picture winner had been nominated for the Film Editing Oscar, about two thirds of the Best Picture winners have won for Film Editing. Only the principal, "above the line" editor as listed in the film's credits are named on the award; the nominations for this Academy Award are determined by a ballot of the voting members of the Editing Branch of the Academy. The members may vote for up to five of the eligible films in the order of their preference; the Academy Award itself is selected from the nominated films by a subsequent ballot of all active and life members of the Academy. This process is the reverse of that of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts; this award was first given for films released in 1934. The name of this award is changed.
Four film editors have won this award three times in their career: Ralph Dawson won for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Anthony Adverse, The Adventures of Robin Hood Daniel Mandell won for The Pride of the Yankees, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Apartment. Michael Kahn won for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan. Thelma Schoonmaker won for Raging Bull, The Aviator, The Departed. To date, two film directors have won this award, James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón for the films Titanic and Gravity, respectively. Directors David Lean, Steve James, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Michel Hazanavicius and Jean-Marc Vallée have been nominated for editing their own films, with Cameron, Cuarón, the Coens each being nominated for the award twice. Additionally, Best Film Editing winner, Walter Murch, although known for film editing and sound, directed the Oscar nominated Return to Oz and is, to date, the only person with Oscars for both sound engineering and film editing, winning them in the same year for his work on The English Patient.
Nominated editors Robert Wise, Francis D. Lyon, who won for Body and Soul and Hal Ashby, who won for In the Heat of the Night, became directors whose films were in turn nominated for Best Film Editing, namely Somebody Up There Likes Me, I Want to Live!, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Sand Pebbles and The Andromeda Strain for Wise, Crazylegs for Lyon and Bound for Glory and Coming Home for Ashby. Superlatives taken from a document published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; these listings are based on the Awards Database maintained by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The following editors have received multiple nominations for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing; this list is sorted by the number of total awards. BAFTA Award for Best Editing Academy Award for Best Sound Editing Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Editing American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical
Butter (2011 film)
Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith, from a screenplay by Jason Micallef, starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Hugh Jackman. It was released on October 5, 2012 in the United States and Canada by The Weinstein Company through its RADiUS-TWC distribution arm; the film is said to be a satire of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. Butter received mixed reviews from critics who questioned Smith's direction of the film's script in terms of humor and satire and the performances from the ensemble cast; the film takes place around Johnson County, Iowa. Destiny is a ten-year-old foster child in Iowa who gets placed with Jill Emmet. While visiting the Iowa State Fair by herself, she wanders into the exhibit of the winning butter sculpture, a life-sized Last Supper, skillfully finishes the Holy Grail cup, which impresses the sculpture's creator, Bob Pickler. Bob has won fair's butter-sculpture contest for the past 15 years straight.
Bob's wife Laura, overly competitive and ambitious, goes to the home of the competition's organizer to protest. Bob solicits stripper Brooke for sex in his minivan. Laura discovers them and T-bones the van with her SUV. Laura decides to enter the county's preliminary sculpture competition herself because of the social status that comes with winning. Destiny decides to enter as well, as does Brooke, who just wants to harass the Picklers because Bob owes her $600. Despite practice, Laura comes in second to Destiny; when Brooke appears at the Picklers' seeking her money, Bob's daughter Kaitlin admits her and takes her up to her room. After talking a bit, Kaitlin challenges Brooke to a game of truth-or-dare which escalates to them having sex. Kaitlin is drawn to Brooke's alternative attitude. Meanwhile, Kaitlin's stepmom Laura is hooking up with Boyd Bolton, an old high-school boyfriend, now a used-car salesman. She's seducing him to get him to falsely testify to county officials that Ethan paid him to help Destiny in the competition.
Laura suggests a rematch at the state fair. Destiny agrees. Brooke gets her money from an infatuated Kaitlin, meets Destiny after school, takes her to the mall to buy her a $1,200 set of chef's knives to help her in the rematch with Laura; when Destiny gets home, a social worker informs her. At the state fair, Laura carves a replica of John F. Kennedy's car after his assassination complete with the president's blown-up skull and Jackie Kennedy and Clint Hill crawling onto the trunk; that night before the judging, Boyd sneaks into the butter-sculpture room and defaces Destiny's sculpture with a blowtorch. Destiny and expecting to lose now, encounters Laura in the restroom and offers the forgiveness of her handshake. Laura tells Destiny that winning the butter-sculpting contest means more to her than the little girl can comprehend. Laura feels she has little opportunity to distinguish herself otherwise, while Destiny has talent and her entire life to realize her own potential. Despite the damage, Destiny's sculpture wins.
The sabotage of the piece is recognized as "higher art" as the judges believe the melted face lends the butter sculpture a greater depth. Destiny goes on to win in the state competition, where judges give a positive critique on her piece, deeming it an "angst-ridden exploration of post-natal abandonment." Upon her victory, Destiny assures Laura that the butter-carving contest is "not all that you have." Laura kneels down to Destiny and hugs her, understanding that she must move on to greater triumphs that are her own. Destiny is adopted by the Emmets and Laura is running for Governor of Iowa, claiming that God appeared to her and advised her to run. Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler Yara Shahidi as Destiny Ty Burrell as Bob Pickler Olivia Wilde as Brooke Rob Corddry as Ethan Emmet Ashley Greene as Kaitlin Pickler Alicia Silverstone as Jill Emmet Hugh Jackman as Boyd Bolton Kristen Schaal as Carol-Ann Stevenson Phyllis Smith as Nancy Corena Chase as Mrs. Schram Brett Hill as Hayden The screenplay is the debut of Jason Micallef.
He submitted a draft of the script for a Nicholl Fellowship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2008 and won. This was the first film produced by Vandalia Films; the script came third on Leonard Franklin's 2008 Blacklist of Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays. Butter premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 3, 2011, it screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2011. RADiUS-TWC bought the film's distribution rights after its premiere at Telluride and planned for a March 26, 2012 release, but was moved to October 5. On its opening weekend, the film grossed $70,931 from 90 theatres, averaging $788 per theater and ranking number 43 at the box office; the film earned $105,018 domestically from only one week of release, with a widest release of 90 theatres. It earned $70,688 internationally, for a total gross of $175,706; the film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 35% approval rating, based on 60 reviews, with an average score of 4.6 out of 10.
Metacritic gave the film has a 40 based on 23 reviews. Peter Debruge of Variety gave high praise to director Jim Field Smith for his moments of upbeat comedy and honest dramatics, Jennifer Garner's comedi
American Made (film)
American Made is a 2017 American biographical black comedy crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli, starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Alejandro Edda, Mauricio Mejía, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons. The plot focuses on Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who flew missions for the CIA, became a drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel in the 1980s. In order to avoid jail time, Seal became an informant for the DEA; the film was first released in Taiwan on August 18, 2017, in the United States on September 29, 2017. It is the first film directed by Liman to be released by Universal Pictures since The Bourne Identity in 2002, played in 2D and IMAX in select theaters, it grossed $134 million worldwide against a budget of $50 million, received positive reviews from critics, who praised Cruise's performance. In 1978, Baton Rouge pilot Barry Seal, who flies commercial jets for TWA, is recruited by a CIA case officer calling himself Monty Schafer, he asks Seal, smuggling Cuban cigars into the country via Canada, to fly clandestine reconnaissance missions for the CIA over Central America using a small plane with cameras installed.
At first Seal's wife Lucy thinks he's still with TWA, but she is excited by the wealth generated by his "new company". In the 1980s, Schafer asks Seal to start acting as a courier between the CIA and General Noriega in Panama. During a mission, the Medellín Cartel picks Seal up and asks him to fly cocaine on his return flights to the United States. Seal starts flying the cartel's cocaine to Louisiana; the CIA turns a blind eye to the drug smuggling. To avoid the authorities, Schafer moves Seal and his family to the remote town of Mena, which becomes the hub of all U. S. cocaine trafficking. Schafer asks Seal to run guns to the Nicaraguan Contras based in Honduras. Seal soon realizes that the Contras are not serious about the war and just want to get rich and he starts trading the guns to the cartel; the CIA sets up a Contra training base in Mena and Seal flies the Contras in, but many of them escape as soon as they arrive. Seal makes so much money. Seal's freeloading brother-in-law JB moves in, he starts stealing money from the Seals and is arrested after Sheriff Downing catches him with a briefcase full of laundered cash.
With JB out on bail, Seal gives him money and a plane ticket to Bora Bora and tells him to get lost for his own safety. JB insults Lucy. Barry chases after him but JB's car explodes in a fireball; the CIA shuts the program down and abandons Seal, arrested by the FBI, DEA, ATF and Arkansas State Police simultaneously. Seal escapes prosecution by making a deal with the White House, which wants evidence of the Sandinistas being drug traffickers, they ask Seal to get photos. Seal manages to get the pictures, but the White House releases them as propaganda against the Sandinistas. Seal is prominently shown in the pictures, which leads to his arrest, to the cartel plotting revenge. Seal is convicted but given a light sentence, a total of 1,000 hours community service for the Salvation Army. Moving from motel to motel fails as a way of remaining in hiding because the community service is performed at the same building every night. Assassins sent by Pablo Escobar and the cartel locate Seal and kill him.
After Seal is dead and the evidence is destroyed, the CIA still becomes embroiled in the infamous Iran–Contra affair. Tom Cruise as Barry Seal Sarah Wright as Lucy Seal Domhnall Gleeson as Monty Schafer Alejandro Edda as Jorge Ochoa Benito Martinez as James Rangel Mauricio Mejia as Pablo Escobar Jayma Mays as Dana Sibota Jesse Plemons as Sheriff Joe Downing Lola Kirke as Judy Downing Frank Licari as ATF Special Agent Franks Jed Rees as Louis Finkle Caleb Landry Jones as JB Connor Trinneer as George W. Bush Robert P. Farrior as Oliver North In the summer of 2013, screenwriter Gary Spinelli was looking for a project, based on real events. On the bonus feature of American Made, Spinelli said: I was looking for little hidden pieces of history. Small stories that affected larger global events and I came across the Mena story, and I always wanted to do a gangster film. Goodfellas is one of my favorite movies and I was always on the hunt to try to find my version of that, and once I started researching CIA's involvement in Mena, the same name kept popping up, was this Barry Seal character.
As soon as I found Barry, I knew. The film was titled Mena and was first featured on The Black List, a website showcasing the best unproduced screenplays, in 2014. Principal photography on the film began on May 2015 in Georgia. Filming locations there include counties Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Pickens. On August 20, 2015, Tom Cruise arrived in Medellin, on August 31, in Santa Marta, to scout filming locations for the film. A plane crash on the set of the film in Colombia on September 11, 2015 killed two people and caused serious injuries to another member of the crew; the plane, carrying crew members, was returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellín when it ran into bad weather and the crash occurred. The dead were identified as Carlos Berl and Alan Purwin, the founder and president of Helinet Aviation, a company which provides aerial surveillance technology to government agencies and law enforcement, a film pilot who