ASHLAND, Ore., -- Aaron Nicholson moved his family from the Rogue Valley to Los Angeles to study film. Several years later he returned to begin filming In a Hail of Bullets, his first feature film. Nicholson won praise at the Ashland Independent Film Festival for his short film Detective Story which he produced locally in 2010.
He is just one of several filmmakers who have decided southern Oregon is the perfect place to set the scene. Gary Kout, founder of Southern Oregon Film and Media, or SOFAM, said the Rogue Valley is ideal for many kinds of production because of its natural beauty, unique atmospheres, and affordability.
Nicholson knew that coming in to his production. Ashland Springs Hotel and Omar's both allowed In A Hail of Bullets to film free of charge in March. The young filmmaker returned this month to scout new locations and launch a Kickstarter page. Nicholson said he hopes to raise $150,000 to finish the film and bring it to a theater near you.