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June 18, 2013

Indie film shoots in law school's mock court

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She said her job as a member of the jury is to “sit and listen intently.”

She said the actors are so good “it feels like a real trial.”

Before letting the film company, Moody Independent, shoot at the school, Coyne carefully read the script and offered some pointers on how to make it more realistic, from a legal perspective.

“They are doing a great job with it,” he said. “They genuinely care about getting the trial part of it right.”

The movie, Ajemian explained, is based on a true-crime novel, which is based on a true story out of Texas. A minister killed his wife, saying it was suicide. Police botched the investigation and he would have gotten away with it if not for the victim’s family, who was able to reveal the minister’s dark past and the fact he was having an affair before the murder.

Ajemian said the movie is being produced on a low-budget — under $1 million — but that it has high production values and well-known Hollywood actors.

Director John Stimpson, of Princeton, Mass., said the producers, Mark Donadio and Miriam Marcus, took advantage of the state’s generous 25 percent tax credit to make the film.

“The tax credits are a central piece of the financing and making this happen,” he said. “The savings from the tax credit are put directly onto the screen and show up in the production values.”

He said the film has a cast of 19, of which 14 are from the Boston area. The rest are from Los Angeles or New York.

Gail O’Grady is the female lead, playing the mother of the murder victim. O’Grady has been numerous TV shows, including “NYPD Blue,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and dozens of others.

James McDaniel, also a former cast member of “NYPD Blue,” plays Wade Thompson, who helps O’Grady’s character uncover the mystery. Bree Williamson, a soap-opera star who has also appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies, plays the deceased woman and appears in a series of flashbacks.

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