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Tama Co. goes Hollywood as movie filming comes to area

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TRAER (KWWL) -

Small towns in Tama County are being turned into Hollywood-style movie sets for the next few weeks!

Crews from New York chose Traer and Clutier to shoot the bulk of a World War Two film called "A Place for Heroes".

"Iowa is wonderful, the way the towns have embraced us," said Sam Borowski, "A Place for Heroes" producer.

The filmmakers worked on a small community movie in Tama County a few years ago, and decided the small town backdrop would be ideal for shooting the World War Two movie.

"This is reality. You can't build this on a studio back lot," said Borowski.

Dozens of local veterans are even learning a new drill:  serving as extras on set.  They're all thrilled to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which they hope puts a much deserved spotlight on those who have served.

"I think it's a very welcomed thing for the veterans.  They deserve all the recognition they can get," said Jim Zacharis, Vietnam veteran.

87-year-old World War Two veteran Norbert Cloud even broke out his 1940s Army uniform for the shoot. 

"It's quite an experience to see this all put together," Cloud said.

Alongside the big stars and veterans, a couple of Iowans will be featured in the movie, including Cedar Falls native and "Saturday Night Live" alum Gary Kroeger and University of Iowa student Kiera Morrill from Des Moines. 

"I've gotten my big break here.  Someday I might move out and see the world, but until then, just many thanks and gratitude to all the people around here," said Morrill.

Tama County towns pitched in to help finance the film, and are already seeing the beginnings of what they hope will be a long-term benefit from the movie.

"They're spending money at the local establishments, and getting the towns names out there and hopefully we'll become maybe a mini "Field of Dreams" kind of thing where people will want to stop by and see," said Cecilia Podhajsky of Traer.

For now, the small Tama County towns will enjoy this time in the spotlight.

"A Place for Heroes" is set to be released next year, and will debut at several film festivals nationwide.  The movie will then hit the big screens at selected theatres, which will likely include a few right here in Iowa.

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