0703 Chronicle Week in Review: Homosassa and Crystal River Future Filming Locations, Miles Teller Day, Oath Keepers Local Man’s Upcoming Day in Court, and County Says No to Tollway Expansion Roads | Local News

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Award-winning director Flavio Alves has chosen the Homosassa/Crystal River area as the setting for his new film. His feature debut, The Garden Left Behind (2019), premiered at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award.

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Big-screen spotlights will shine on Homosassa in a new movie

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An accidental discovery of the area while fishing with friends led award-winning director Flavio Alves to choose Homosassa and Crystal River as filming locations for his new film.

“I’ve lived in New York for much of my life since leaving Brazil in 1995,” Alves said. “But it was during my many visits to the Homosassa/Crystal River neighborhoods, for fun, that I met several local residents and their life stories piqued my interest.”

Alves’ films typically focus on the theme of “aging issues”, telling these real-life stories in the most authentic way possible.

“My films are always about forgotten and neglected communities,” Alves said. “Interestingly, this is the first time in our history that the majority of the American population is made up of people aged 60 and over, but we know very little about them, their specific needs and difficulties. Declining income, illness, loss of friends and family and increased isolation from society are some of the real issues faced by older people and we hope our films can help bring these issues to light. foreground.

Currently the film is still in pre-production, with Alves living in a community of over 55 in Homosassa where he plans to stay for the next two to three years, establishing a relationship with the community and becoming “part of its fabric”. .

Miles Teller spends his day in Citrus County

Miles Teller

Lecanto grad Miles Teller plays Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Teller plays the son of Anthony Edward’s Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, who tragically died in the original 1986 film, “Top Gun.”

Teller was honored with his own day, Miles Teller Day in Citrus County, on June 27.

Monday, June 27, was official as the Citrus County Commissioners proclaimed it Miles Teller Day in Citrus County.

The proclamation declares that the community is proud of Teller, a Citrus County native, and his accomplishments and cites his starring role in the “Top Gun” sequel, that he attended Lecanto Middle School and Lecanto High School where he played baseball, which was a big part of his life, and was enrolled in the drama program and that “every time Miles is interviewed, he shares his hometown name and experiences,” reads -on in the proclamation.

“First of all, I’m very flattered by it,” Teller told the Chronicle via Zoom. “I think it’s a wonderful tribute…for me personally, it’s a reflection of the love and admiration for Citrus County. It’s a place I’ve always called my hometown. It was a definite part of maturation and growth. He holds a very special place in my heart. And that honor is forever.

January 6 committee inquiry could impact sedition trial of Dunnellon man

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Kelly Meggs, of Dunnellon, is due to stand trial September 26 on six federal charges related to her alleged role in the Oath Keepers militia and her coordinated trip to Washington, where its members participated in the violent disruption of Congress and the Vice President. of the time. Mike Pence to certify Biden’s electoral votes on January 6, 2021.

However, the ongoing congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack could impact Meggs’ trial dates.

“There’s only so much that can be controlled,” U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta told attorneys Friday, June 24, during a status hearing.

Meggs faces federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct official process, aiding and abetting the obstruction of official process, aiding and abetting the destruction of government property, conspiring to obstruct an officer and entering restricted areas.

He shares his trial date with four co-defendants, including Oath Keepers leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, who faces similar charges of seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct official process, aiding and abetting encouraging the destruction of government property and tampering.

On Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy told Mehta that federal prosecutors are “moving on pace” for the Sept. 26 trial date and have provided the bulk of the discovery evidence to defense attorneys.

County rejects four proposed toll roads

The county commissioners have made a lot of people happy by coming out firmly in the “unbuilt” camp regarding the controversial North Turnpike expansion. The council voted unanimously for the stronger of two possible resolutions to send to the state: a complete “no-build” position, which rejects the proposed four corridors and recommends that the state continue to study the improvement or expansion of Interstate 75 and existing roads to relieve congestion.

The unanimous vote at the recent county commission meeting did well for many in the crowd who urged the council beforehand to do everything possible not to build.

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Citrus County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Josh Wooten told commissioners he doesn’t believe any of the four routes are compatible with the county.

“We don’t hear a big clamor from the business community for this road,” he said.

The resolution will be sent to Governor Ron DeSantis and other state officials.

Owner of Rusty Duck known for her cooking, care and compassion

Louise Aneiro

Louise Aneiro died on May 5 at the age of 81.

In Citrus County, Louise Aneiro was best known for her fine dining at Rusty Duck, her eclectic little restaurant with its hodgepodge decor and vine-covered exterior.

She loved her staff and clientele, fed strangers and homeless people who couldn’t afford her, even gave a prime rib to an escaped inmate from the nearby prison before convincing him to turn himself in.

Once she sat with a homeless woman in her car all night because the woman was scared and had no place to go.

“His food was some of the best you can find in our area,” said Dr. Joey Bennett, “and his generosity and support for various programs in the area to support cancer patients was endless. All you had to do was ask her for her support, and she would donate money and also provide us with gift certificates for prizes at my annual golf tournament. …She was such an asset to our community.

Louise Aneiro died on May 5 at the age of 81.

Hot topic of the week: Citrus County “hometown boy” Miles Teller had his own Citrus County Day, June 27, 2022 — and his fans and a few non-fans took to Facebook to voice their opinions. Here is what some have said:

Devonte White: “Oh, that’s pretty dope; we don’t know how many young people in Citrus County he inspired to pursue their acting careers.

Becky Sommer Beattie: “Good for him! We are thrilled to celebrate someone who is the product of Citrus County Schools and the amazing teachers he always remembers and mentions. We should celebrate it. I hope everyone realizes the tremendous amount of work it takes to do what he does. He didn’t just show up in front of a camera; it takes incredible hard work and dedication, and I for one am very proud of him.

Dawn Whitaker Wrightson: “He’s a great actor, but naming a day in his honor is a bit of a stretch and very premature.”

Feleshia Wegner: “I love it. People need to see Citrus County in a better light and it is now an iconic part of it. I love this community.

Paula Rogers: “How about Aaron Weaver or Robert Surber, or any other Citrus County who made the ultimate sacrifice for our National Day?! It’s ridiculous. While Miles is surely talented, I can’t see what he did to earn a day that bears his name. We have other talented actors and sports personalities in our community who have truly given back.

John Hatfield: “This is the best news for our county. Now that they’re giving Miles his day, I can finally say I’m proud to be from Citrus. It’s almost as awesome as the Elvis movie in Yankeetown!

Adam Lysakowski: “If it’s not a paid day off, then I’m not interested.”

Vicki Lynn Certain: “Great role model for our youth in Citrus County. Well done, Miles, and thank you for recognizing Citrus County as your hometown and for being proud of where you grew up.

Quote of the week: “This situation, this toll road, is not for Citrus County.” – Commissioner Ruthie Schlabach as council voted unanimously to reject the proposed four corridors to the controversial Toll Motorway North extension

Good news of the week: In the Sound Off section on Thursday, June 30, someone called to thank the person who helped take out their trash at 7:30 a.m. on June 24. The caller was recovering from hernia surgery and just because someone was passing by and offering help meant so much that the person wanted to acknowledge him in a public forum.

The Chronicle Sound Off section is most often filled with people complaining about something, and that’s what it’s there for, to “sound”.

But once in a while, someone calls to thank someone else.

Sometimes someone calls to ask something like, “Where are all the honest people?” »

They’re out there doing good things just because it’s the right thing to do.

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