Can movies work a little local magic?

The cast and crew filming a movie on scene at the former MSP all commented about how helpful the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Chris Wilson, second from right, has been during their time here. From left, actors Jeffrey Johnson, Linara Washington and Charley Koontz listen as director Andrew P. Jones, right, talks about some of last week’s work as they started another night of filming.

The cast and crew filming a movie on scene at the former MSP all commented about how helpful the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Chris Wilson, second from right, has been during their time here. From left, actors Jeffrey Johnson, Linara Washington and Charley Koontz listen as director Andrew P. Jones, right, talks about some of last week’s work as they started another night of filming. Photo by Julie Smith.

Filming at the old Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) wrapped up last week on a low-budget, independent film, but Jefferson City could see benefits from that film and others like it.

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The fictional suspense thriller film “Apparitional,” shot at MSP all last week, and the director of the film, Andrew P. Jones, said Jefferson City wouldn’t have been chosen as the location if it hadn’t been for Chris Wilson with the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Wilson, who mostly deals with sporting events, said getting into the business of attracting films to the area seemed very natural for the CVB, which has a memorandum of understanding with the state for use of MSP.

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