UTICA — It’s not the streets of Hollywood, but some of the excitement of the film-making industry from California made its way to Utica last week.
Former Utica resident John David Hartfield returned to his hometown to shoot a movie for his production company, Hartfield Pictures. “Homecoming” will be a 30-minute mini-film which will address the issue of elder care in our society. All the footage for the film is scheduled to be shot exclusively in the Utica area.
Hartfield graduated from Utica High School in 1986 and attended The Ohio State University as well as UCLA where he studied film and television production before being accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena.
Numerous small acting stints and part-time jobs followed for Hartfield. He was cast in small roles in television and film and began to develop his own writing talents. He co-authored many original onstage productions while also acting in them, which led to his desire to produce for the big screen.