Hollywood comes to Beloit

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Diane Hendricks

Latest Hendricks movie has special showing here

Hollywood celebrities appeared in Beloit on Saturday for a star-studded film premiere — complete with autograph signings, photo opportunities and a long red carpet.

To give close family and friends a sneak peek, ABC Supply’s owner and co-founder Diane Hendricks hosted at Luxury 10 Cinemas a reception and private screening of the upcoming family film, “Snowmen.” It is the latest film for which Diane Hendricks has served as executive producer.

The Tribeca Film Festival award-winning film stars “Back to the Future” actor Christopher Lloyd and Bobby Coleman, from “The Last Song.” Both were in attendance Saturday.

“The whole basis of film-making is to send out a positive message in a huge way,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks and her late husband, Ken, first got involved in movie-making with the smaller film “Brothers Three,” a story about alcohol abuse and its effects on a family.

Other films for which Hendricks served as executive producer are “An American Carol,” which starred Jon Voight, and “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” which starred Shohreh Aghdashloo. Both films, as well as “Snowmen,” were made with Mpower Pictures.

To celebrate her latest venture, Hendricks brought the special premiere of “Snowmen” to Beloit.

“It adds a nice flavor and brings culture to the community,” she said.

Indeed, guests like Ron Nief of the Beloit International Film Festival said they enjoyed this special event.

“It gives a little more panache to Beloit — and it beats Shrek,” Nief joked, in reference to the weekend’s nationwide opening release of the big-budget “Shrek Forever After.”

Others said they enjoyed meeting the celebrities.

“I was kind of nervous because I haven’t met someone famous, but it was cool,” said Hendricks’ granddaughter, Katie, of meeting Lloyd.

Lloyd said he has never been to Beloit before, but liked what he saw.

“I haven’t seen much yet, but it’s all wonderful,” Lloyd said. “The community and families are wonderful. I’m delighted to be here.”

Though Beloit’s film premiere was different than a typical Hollywood gala, Lloyd said Saturday’s tent-covered event complete with decorative snowmen and snow-covered trees was very nice.

“It’s like a big family. It’s simple and intimate and seems more personal,” he said.

Fourteen-year-old Bobb’e J. Thompson, best known for his stand-out performance in “Role Models,” said he liked Beloit so much he’d like to move here.

“I love Beloit,” he said. “It’s a very down place with down-to-earth people. I love the hospitality. When I turn 18, I might buy a house and live in Beloit.”

Producer Steve McEveety said he’s been to Beloit about five or six times and, like Thompson, loves Beloit.

He also said he loves working with Hendricks.

“She’s amazing,” he said. “She makes me nervous though because she’s such a perfectionist. I was a little nervous to show her the finished product, but it’s been great. I plan to do more. She’s part of the company.”

Hendricks said she was pleased to bring “Snowmen” to Beloit on that warm, sunny day.

“So many times positive events stay with you,” she said. “This is just another fun day in Beloit.”

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