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Scenes for film will be shot in Hampshire

Updated: June 6, 2013 6:55AM

HAMPSHIRE — Columbia College student Uriel Brito of Elgin received approval from the village board to film parts of his upcoming movie in the village’s downtown area.

The filming will require the closure of State Street from the railroad tracks south to Washington Avenue from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The rain date is Sunday, May 12.

“I want to shoot two scenes in Hampshire to set the tone of the film,” Brito said. “I may later shoot scenes at a local area high school, possibly Elgin High School.”

Brito attended Elgin High and St. Edward Central Catholic High School before enrolling in Columbia College. He is interested in a career as a film director.

Brito told the Hampshire board that his film will deal with bullying and gang violence during the 1950s. He wants to shoot scenes at the former NAPA Auto Parts store, which also once served as a Mobil gasoline station, and at Rose Garden Family Restaurant. Both sites are located along State Street.

“Mr. Brito has assured me that there is no nudity or offensive language in the script,” Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner told the board. “There are no car chases, explosions or gunshots planned. He is willing to sign a hold harmless agreement prior to conducting the film shoot and will make sure the site is clean following completion of the filming project. He has already made contact with the property owners and is completing an agreement for filming on private property.”

Since the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Brito was told to contact Carol Schrey, library director, before filming could begin. Barricades would be needed. State Street traffic could be diverted to an alternate route using Mill, East/Park streets, and Jefferson Avenue, according to village officials.

If any high school students would like to appear in the film, they can contact Brito at

Brito has been working on the film project for a year. He said he will graduate from Columbia College this month. He will then head to Los Angeles for a program through Columbia College that is called “Semester in L.A.”

“I want to work in the film industry while being the best person I can be,” Brito said. “I aim to create stories that everyone, regardless of their background or culture, can relate to.”

Recycling plan

In other news, the board discussed the possibility of the village working with a recycling firm to provide electronics recycling now that state statutes prohibit the disposal of electronic equipment into landfills.

The village currently has an oil recycling program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from April to October except in August when it is held at the same time on the second Saturday.

Village officials suggested that electronics recycling could be provided at the same time as used oil recycling. Rather than holding it every month, however, electronics recycling could be held in June, August and October.

The village is looking into the possibility of hiring Vintage Tech Recyclers to handle the proposed electronics recycling. The company handled electronics recycling during the recent Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce annual home and business exposition at Hampshire High School.

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