If you’ve been buzzing around Downtown Everett lately you may have noticed some of the traffic detours around a maze of equipment and crowds. Turns out that Hollywood has come to town — and with them the normal entourage of equipment trucks, caterers, cinematographers, grips, gaffers, makeup artists, directors, lighting specialists, and of course crowds of intrigued residents gathering to see what all the fuss is about.
EverettSource found out that the screenplay being filmed is going to be called “Seven Minutes”. The movie includes cinema star and musician Kris Kristofferson and film/TV star Jason Ritter. Some sources reported that there are also notables from the movie Hunger Games but we could not get any specific name.
Jason Ritter is the son of John Ritter of Three’s Company fame, and Jason is also the grandson of the old-time country music star Tex Ritter — a pioneer vocalist in the country-western genre some 60 years ago.
Of course Kristofferson has more film and music experience and talent in his fingernail than most have in their entire being. His famous songwriting flows throughout the music industry. All the older folks will remember Kristofferson and Streisand in 70’s hit “A Star is Born”. And if you do a quick wikipedia gander you will find that he has written more famous hits than most. And like the Sinatra, Martin, Sammy Davis Rat Pack — Kris Kristofferson was one of the four famous Highwaymen of country music fame. Also included in that hell-raising fun-filled pack were Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash.
If you are curious about an Everett location to watch for when the movie comes out, check out the building that stands on the Northeast corner of Colby and Pacific. (see image to the left) Colby was closed off and film crews were positioned in front of the stately Chicago Title Building shooting across the street to the location toward the building shown in the photo.
For the short term inconvenience of the traffic detours, most onlookers were excited, and of course — a tad bit star struck to see anyone of Hollywood fame. And most seem to approve even if it causes detours and delays. As one local businessman put it. “If this kind of movie helps promote our downtown area than I’m all for it. We can always use this kind of publicity. I can always say that Kris Kristofferson sat and ate his lunch right here! It always helps the with the health and vitality our community when the film industry recognizes the unique character we have here in Everett.”