John Kiesewetter reports:
Filming began today in downtown Lebanon on Nicollette Sheridan’s Hallmark movie, “The Christmas Spirit.”
During a heavy morning rain, set designers rolled out cotton as fake snow along building fronts on Mulberry Street, and threw down ice-melt on the wet pavement. Street lamps were decorated with lighted wreaths and banners with Christmas trees reading “Holiday Spirit.”
Sheridan, the former “Desperate Housewives” star, arrived at 10 a.m. to film a scene walking down the street.
Shooting on the film, which premieres Dec.1 on Hallmark Channel, began Monday with Sheridan at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati. Diner scenes were filmed yesterday at the Country Kitchen restaurant at the I-71 interchange with Ohio 123 east of town.
After the morning street scene, production moved to an office inside the LCNB bank a few doors away, at Mulberry and Broadway. The rest of the movie will be filmed in Lebanon at the junior high school, the old Warren County Courthouse, several homes and other places in town.
Executive producer Alex Coscas said Lebanon was the perfect location for a film about a real estate developer (Bart Johnson) wanting to buy up and change the picturesque hometown of a journalist (Sheridan). Most of the cast and crew were hired locally. Producers scouted Lebanon over Labor Day weekend with Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.
Filming continues in Lebanon through Friday, Oct. 18, he said.
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