Heights filmmaker and local crew making indie movie titled ‘Broiled’

Submitted photos. The Third Wheel crew filmed scenes for Megan St. John’s film “Broiled” last month at Jay’s Drive-in diner in Oregon, in Dekalb County.Submitted photos. The Third Wheel crew filmed scenes for Megan St. John’s film “Broiled”
last month at Jay’s Drive-in diner in Oregon, in Dekalb County.

Writer-director aims for Sundance fest to shine on it

Megan St. John has spent the past few summers lounging by the Palos Pool, but this season she took on a task bigger than sun tanning: she decided to make a movie.

St. John, a Palos Heights resident and University of Chicago graduate, is the founder and executive producer at Third Wheel Entertainment, a Chicago-based video production company specializing in promotional video work.

Elizabeth Stenholt (actress), from left, Jack Dwyer (actor), Trevor Kelley (director of photography), Megan St. John (writer/director), Andrew Smith (camera) and Julie Mitre (actress) pose for a picture after filming a scene on July 20 in Malta.Elizabeth Stenholt (actress), from left, Jack Dwyer (actor), Trevor Kelley (director of photography), Megan St. John (writer/director), Andrew Smith (camera) and Julie Mitre (actress) pose for a picture after filming a scene on July 20 in Malta.“The ultimate goal is for Third Wheel to become a feature film production company,” said St. John. “My crew and I decided to take a step towards that goal this summer and produce our first film. It’s been an eye-opening experience so far, and a lot of fun.”

The film, Broiled, is written and directed by St. John and stars both experienced and first-time actors, many stemming from the Orland Park area.

A dark comedy set in small town America, Broiled is the story of two girls and two boys who coincidentally rob the town bank on the same day. The result? A love story, a few dark twists and a whole lot of sweet potatoes.

All scenes will be shot on-location in DeKalb County, with three farmhouses and two diners serving as the primary locations.

Jack Dwyer (actor), from left, Elizabeth Stenholt (actress), Andrew Smith (camera), Trevor Kelley (director of photography) and Michael Hickey (sound) film an exterior scene on July 19 in Malta.Jack Dwyer (actor), from left, Elizabeth Stenholt (actress), Andrew Smith (camera), Trevor Kelley (director of photography) and Michael Hickey (sound) film an exterior scene on July 19 in Malta.“We’ve been in the preproduction phase for Broiled since early February,” said St. John. “Coordinating something as big as this has been a stressful process, but we’ve met a lot of people who are eager to help, which has been great.”

Some of these eager-to-help people hail from Richard’s Bicycles in Palos Heights. “The bike in the film was donated to our production by Richard’s,” said St. John. “The guys there have been awesome to work with.”

Broiled is currently in production, with the last weekend of on-location shooting to take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17 in DeKalb County. The film will run 35 minutes in length and is expected to be complete this fall.

“We plan to submit Broiled to various film festivals, both locally and nationally, with Sundance being our number one goal,” said St. John with a smile. “We will also be hosting various local screenings throughout the fall and into the spring.”

To see behind the scenes pictures from the set of Broiled, visit Third Wheel Entertainment on Facebook, www.facebook.com/thirdwheelentertainment. For more information on Third Wheel Entertainment, visit www.thirdwheelentertainment.com. 

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