Denver to get some screen time in upcoming Netflix movie

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Colorado-based first assistant camera operator Calvin Sneed (center) adjusts a focus ring between takes during the production of "Amateur," a Netflix feature film being shot at Regis University. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A new movie about an aspiring basketball star was filming Friday at Regis University in Denver ahead of its Netflix premiere.

The movie isn’t linked to big names like Robert Redford or Jane Fonda, but Colorado is still shelling out some cash to have “The Amateur” filmed in Denver.

The film company was offered less than a quarter of the $1.5 million the state approved Thursday to get “Our Souls At Night” filmed in Colorado. The movie is based on a novel by Colorado author Kent Haruf and is set to star Redford and Fonda.

In September, Amateur 5 Inc. was approved $260,726 in incentives through The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media. The company registered in Colorado in March is associated with Mandalay Entertainment Group.

The Los Angeles-based entertainment company is the producer of “When the Game Stands Tall,” “The Kids are Alright” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

“The Amateur” is headed by director Ryan K. Boo. The film focuses on what happens after a video of a 13-year-old basketball player goes viral and he is declared to be “the next Dwayne Wade.”

“With his newfound fame, he must choose between educational institutes, father figures, and belief systems,” according to the film’s website.

It’s rare for large scale filming to take place in Denver. Most TV shows and movies film B-roll shots of buildings, streets and landmarks, said Grace Ramirez, community affairs liaison for the city’s Office of Special Events.

Notable projects shot in Denver in 2016
Date Name Project Film
Jan-28 Shark Tank TV Show B-Roll
Mar-12 Deadly Women TV Show B-Roll
Mar-31 Under Armor Commercial B-Roll
Apr-4 Gatorade Commercial B-Roll
Apr-5 Blue Collar Millionaire TV Show B-Roll
May-6 America’s Game TV Show B-Roll
May-17 Reebok Catalog Still Photo Shoot
May-21 Kia Motors Commercial Film Shoot
May-28 Hyundai Genesis Commercial Film Shoot
Jun-3 Food Porn TV Show B-Roll
Jun-5 Trauma TV Show B-Roll
Jun-9 Deadline: Crime TV Show B-Roll
Jun-13 Trauma TV Show B-Roll
Jun-21 Toyota Commercial B-Roll
Jun-23 Deadline: Crime TV Show B-Roll
Jul-13 Chevy Cruze Commercial Film Shoot
Jul-14 State Of Mind TV Show B-Roll
Jul-15 Trauma TV Show B-Roll
Jul-19 Chopped TV Show B-Roll
Jul-27 Shark Tank TV Show B-Roll
Jul-28 The Bachelor TV Show B-Roll
Aug-1 Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet 3 TV Show B-Roll
Sep-19 Holmes Buys Homes TV Show B-Roll
Source: Denver Office of Special Events (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)

Film crews need a city permit to shoot public spaces. “The Amateur” may feature some shots of Denver Public Schools property and the Denver Coliseum, according to the application the company filed with the city July 14.

“We are filming 25 days, not all in Denver. The majority of the filming will be on private property. There will be a few days that we would need lane closure and interment traffic control,” the application states.

It’s unclear when “The Amateur” will hit TV screens and laptops. The company didn’t respond to interview requests.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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