The idea for the project was born when I read an article on an American website about the town of Beaufort in South Carolina, where the cult film "Forrest Gump" with the excellent role of Tom Hanks had been directed, a movie that I love and have watched almost a hundred times. I was captivated by the story of the inhabitants who participated in the production of the film in any way. For example, Irene Goodnight, who sang on set and then toured the country singing as Jenny. The Chocolate Tree on Carteret Street remains known as Tom Hanks' favorite spot during filming. The owner reportedly still sends him a box of chocolates on his birthday. I decided to get in touch with Irene Goodnight and tell her about my idea for a documentary about the inhabitants of the beautiful Beaufort who cultivate the movie "Forrest Gump".
I liked Irene's original songs a lot, so I suggested making two music videos. In return, she helped me make the film on the spot. She contacted me with interesting residents and accompanied me in this adventure. Taking shots for the project and meeting the residents was a great experience for me. Fantastic people, beautiful, historic Beaufort and movie locations from "Forrest Gump". I shot not only in Beaufort, but also at Bluff Plantation, Twickenham Road, southeast of Savanna’s Yemassee and Chippewa Squares, Georgia. Finally, courtesy of Irene, I was contacted by Paul Dengler, an artist, poet, singer and songwriter, impersonating Forrest Gump.
Paul is an excellent performer, who loves the seasonal work the American restaurant chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Company provides him with. But his first love, without a doubt, is music as he is an excellent bluesman and jazzman. He has also written a book titled "Pray for Shrimps". I met him in Franklin near Nashville, Tennessee, during my trip to the USA. And I recorded Paul's speech for my movie. Some of Paul's songs, with the official permission of the author, was featured in the film as the main soundtrack.
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