CHESTERTOWN — AVA Independent has begun principal photography on “The Road to Galena,” written and directed by Joe Hall, produced by Eric Bannat and co-produced by Woody Andrews. Marty Eli Schwartz is serving as consulting producer.

Hall is directing his first feature-length film, according to a news release.

Filming takes place primarily in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties as well as Washington, D.C. Locales include Red Acres Farm in Worton, Kent County High School, Ellen’s coffee shop, The Imperial and Cross Street in downtown Chestertown, Washington College and Brittland Manor.

The film stars Ben Winchell (“Max Steel”), Will Brittain (“Kong: Skull Island”) and Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”) with Alisa Allapach (“Light as a Feather”) co-starring along with Jay O. Sanders (“JFK”), Kathryn Erbe (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) and Tony- and Grammy Award- winner Jennifer Holliday (“Dreamgirls,” the Broadway musical).

According to a news release, “The Road to Galena” follows one man’s pursuit of personal fulfillment over traditional success. Cole Baird (Winchell) has everything — a beautiful wife (Allapach), successful career, large home and membership to an elite country club.

Behind the facade, however, is a man trapped by his surroundings and falling ever behind in the pursuit of his life’s dream.

Not strong enough to confront his father’s (Sanders) expectations, he left his true love (Teegarden), his best friend (Brittain) and his vision of life in small town America and set off on a legal career — intent to, one day, return.

Now the rising star in Washington social circles and the youngest managing partner in the history of a powerhouse D.C. law firm, Cole is given the choice to continue the path of success in a life to which he never aspired or to return to the community that raised him.

“‘The Road to Galena’ is a touching story of one man’s quiet desperation giving way to personal fulfillment; a story that motivates us to travel our own roads toward a more meaningful life,” the news release states.

An award-winning film maker, Joe Hall was named Best Director PEER Awards for “The Toast” and “Here There and Everywhere” as well as “Matilda Mench,” which won a CINE Golden Eagle.

The creative team includes cinematographer Clark Vandergrift, production designer Erik Boring, editor Chris Cibelli, costume designer Sandye Kaye and makeup designer Gina Bateman. Casting directors are Steve Vincent and Sig De Miguel. The composer is Paco Periago.

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