Filmed at various locations in Idaho, including Gem County, the highly anticipated movie “Soda Springs” will finally hit the theater in Emmett. During a special red carpet premiere Saturday, April 20, actors, writers and producers will attend and share their thoughts about filming the movie in Idaho. The Emmett premiere is a way to say thanks to those in Gem County who volunteered in the making of “Soda Springs.”

All proceeds from the week-long event will benefit the Gem County Historical Museum and help support Frontier Cinema’s efforts to provide special screening services for the hearing impaired and special needs community. Volunteers will collect items for gift baskets that will be raffled at the premiere showing. They will include a DVD of the movie, a “Soda Springs” movie poster and an autographed photo.

Producer, co-writer, film and TV actor Jay Pickett and lifelong friend Gary Hollie attended Vallivue Junior High School in Caldwell together. James “Jamer” Roush, is the movie’s executive producer and shared duties with Hollie and Pickett.

‘Soda Springs:’ the synopsis

“Soda Springs” is the story of a man’s struggle to claim his future by confronting his past.

Eden Jackson returns to his hometown to pick up the pieces of the life he was forced to leave eight years earlier when he was sent to prison for manslaughter. This proves to be more difficult than expected as Eden is faced with a town not yet ready nor willing to forgive.

During his absence, his father died, sending his mother over the edge and his ex-wife is now married to his long time adversary. During his search he meets Shelly, a woman struggling with her own challenges, yet able to accept Eden not for what people are saying but for the man she sees in front of her. The road is not an easy one as old demons resurface to threaten everything Eden has fought to overcome.

An “old friend,” a “new love” and a rekindled passion for music open the path to his salvation. On this journey of redemption and self-acceptance, Eden Jackson’s life affects many others along the way and affirms that often the only way to the light is through the darkness.

Who was part of the film?

The movie features actors Jay Pickett, Tom Skerritt, Victoria Pratt, Michael Bowen, Henry Darrow and Miranda Frigon.

Producer, co-writer and actor Pickett grew up on a ranch in Caldwell in a close-knit family with four siblings. Sports and rodeo took up the majority of his tim those days but he alw felt a pull in another dir tion. After graduating fr Boise State University w a degree in theatre arts headed south to Los An les where he earned a m ters of fine arts degree fr UCLA.

Although he no lon lives in the state, he still c siders it home. It has alw been a dream to retur their home state and m a film. This dream has been made easier by the fact they have a lo of friends and family in greater Boise area.

When most peopl think of Idaho, their first thought is “potatoes.” Well, there is much more to this picturesque state than potatoes and producers felt it was the ideal place to shoot our film. For one, it is a beautiful and diverse state filled with the friendliest people you would ever want to meet. Adjacent to Oregon and Washington in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho’s landscape is filled with rivers, mountains, trees, desert and an abundance of farmland.

Capturing this beautiful scenery is Idaho native and director of photography Jeffery Smith. Smith’s knowledge of Idaho and his professional experience as a Hollywood cinematographer made him the perfect choice for the film. Idaho resident and well-known western artist Dyrk Godby has been an important part of the project from the beginning. Besides being a prolific artist, Dyrk is also a singer/songwriter and was one of the original inspirations behind the script.

Godby introduced the producers to another talented artist, Monte Thomas. Not only is Monte accomplished singer/songwriter, he also happens to reside in Emmett, the town where a large portion of the film was shot. Thomas was invaluable as far as creating contacts with local police, business owners, politicians and residents for use of locations in and around the beautifully rustic and historic town.

Another talented Idaho resident, Steve Fulton handled all of the musical needs from original score to sound track. The sound track will feature many wonderful Idaho musicians. Many are familiar with the musical group Micky and The Motorcars from the Cherry Festival. You can hear their music from the movie at: http://  .html.

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 It’s showtime for ‘Soda Springs’

 Frontier Cinema showtimes

Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Special premiere event 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 21, Payette 

Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Final showing