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‘Free Ride’ films in village

Filming for “Free Ride,” a film starring and produced by Anna Paquin, took place in Cortez Nov. 14. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

The “action” in Cortez Nov. 14 wasn’t just on the fish docks where stone crab claws and other catches were unloaded. Filming for “Free Ride” took place in Cortez that day.

Filming also has taken place in Sarasota.

“Free Ride” stars Anna Paquin of “True Blood” fame, along with Brit Morgan, Cam Gigandet and Drea de Matteo.

SCAMP, the production company founded by Paquin and Stephen Moyer, is behind the picture, which is set in 1970s Florida and is about the mother of two girls who flees an abusive relationship and gets involved in marijuana trafficking.

A casting call for the extras in the area requested “all types, all sizes, all ages, all ethnicities. Really unique faces a bonus! This is set in 1978 — men with longer hair and facial hair a plus! Tough biker types, clean-cut types, kids, teens, families, and seniors. This will be a very fun project with well known industry professionals!”

Cortez isn’t known for Hollywood-like glamour, which is why multiple movies have filmed in the location — including “Out of Time” starring Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes and, the best of the offerings, the 1998 version of “Great Expectations” starring Robert DeNiro, Anne Bancroft, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke and Chris Cooper.

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