Wild River Documentary Viewing and Discussion

Cleveland, Tenn. (November 10, 2014) – Wild River, the 1960 Hollywood movie directed by Elia Kazan and starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, and Jo Van Fleet, was filmed on location in Charleston, Tennessee. The production took over the area and many local individuals and businesses were involved.

Producer Allison Inman gives viewers a look at what the making of Wild River was like for the local community in her documentary film, “Mud on the Stars: Stories from Elia Kazan’s Wild River”. Join Inman along with several others involved with the production for a special viewing and discussion of the making of the film. Hear personal stories from those who interacted directly with the actors and production team.

Special guests in attendance include:

Carolyn Harris, a Cleveland native, will share first-hand stories of working on set with her daughter, Judy Harris, who played the young girl Barbara Baldwin – the daughter of Lee Remick’s character. Judy Harris will also share her memories of acting next to Remick and Montgomery Clift.

David Swafford, a local historian, has completed extensive research on this brief time in Cleveland’s past. He is currently completing a non-fiction book on the topic.

Steve Bess is the son of Jeff Bess who had a small role in the film in which he got to throw Montgomery Clift into the river.

Edward Harris was the owner of the dog who played Old Blue in the film.

The documentary will be shown at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Tuesday, November 18 at 6p.m. Immediately following the documentary, there will be a time of Q&A with our special guests. Select Wild River related items from the Museum’s collection will be on view.

Admission is $5 or FREE for Museum members.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.