Film crew shoots scene at downtown Issaquah landmark

January 20, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

A film crew shoots a scene for the independent film "Fetch" at the Hailstone Feed Store in downtown Issaquah. By Tim Pfarr

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011

Commuters driving along Front Street North were treated to an uncommon site as they passed the Hailstone Feed Store on Thursday morning: a film crew.

The dozen-person crew had turned the DownTown Issaquah Association headquarters into a film set for a sequence in Renton director Kevin Sabourin’s short film, “Fetch.” The film will likely be a part of the Seattle International Film Festival and perhaps the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

“We were looking for an ‘away from the city’ feel,” Production Designer Amy Maier said about the Issaquah shoot.

Maier said she and most of the crew are Western Washington natives, although she and several others now work in Los Angeles.

The film is a coming-of-age tale about a boy in a troubled home, starring Tacoma actor Nathan Gamble, 13.

Gamble played the role of James Gordon Jr. in “The Dark Knight,” appearing in scenes alongside actors Heath Ledger and Gary Oldman. He also played roles in the feature films “The Mist” and “Marley & Me.”

The sequence filmed Thursday morning had no dialogue. It featured a close-up of Gamble looking around in front of the store, and then walking off camera.

The crew needed four extras for the Issaquah shoot, which included Sabourin’s father-in-law. It was the first day of the four-day shoot, and after finishing the scene, the crew darted to Seattle for the next scene.

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