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Mother Lode movie magic

Film crew creates Old West country thriller outside Moke Hill

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Mother Lode movie magic

On the set of the film “Wayward Son,” actors Michael Town and Christopher Gerse, above on horseback, play father and son in a story of survival. 

The call came in midmorning on May 6. Joel McNeal excitedly announced that he was on set, shooting a Western film on the old Garamendi ranch.

What began as a cynical trip to Mokelumne Hill, soon became a revelation: Movie magic was being conjured in the Mother Lode.

Mother Lode movie magic

Actor Michael Town waits while Angela Matulich from Tuolumne County adjusts his costume, as co-star Christopher Gerse looks on in the background.

Mother Lode movie magic

A prop coffin is used in one of the scenes.

Mother Lode movie magic

The film’s crew shoots the two actors in a scene where they descend a hill. 

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