Council clears way for movie cameras to roll in Port

Former resident plans to start filming ‘Intoxicated Rain’ in city next week
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington will become a movie set beginning next week as native son Miles O’Neil takes to the streets to film his full length feature film “Intoxicated Rain.”

O’Neil received an event permit from the Port Washington Common Council last week that will allow him to film throughout the community this fall.

“It’s just exciting to see this in our city,” Ald. Dan Benning said. “I think this is great.”

O’Neil, who grew up in Port but moved to Milwaukee when he was in fifth grade, said about half the movie will be filmed in Port Washington.

Much of the filming will be done from Oct. 3 through 15, he said, with the film crew back again for a few days in late October and early November.

Final filming will be done on Dec. 1, during and following the city’s Christmas parade and fireworks, he said. Actors will be “peppered” throughout the crowd for the parade when they shoot.

Each scene can take several hours to shoot, O’Neil said, 

Some of the filming will require streets in the city to be closed.

Among the places he plans to shoot are city facilities such as the marina and north slip, north beach and Mile Rock, Upper Lake Park and the Veterans Memorial Park bandshell.

He’s also planning to shoot at various businesses, including Port Washington State Bank, Bernie’s Fine Meats, Shopko Express and Chocolate Chisel, as well as other locations in the city.

“We’re trying to get a lot of the businesses involved,” he said, as well as Port High, where he’s recruiting students to work on the shoot.

“We want to work with the community as much as we can,” he said.

O’Neil received permission to shoot at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Spring Street on Oct. 10, which would require closing the highways, but told officials he is reconsidering the location.

“We’re going to try and not use that intersection,” he said. “It seems like logistically it would be a little too much.”

He’s looking for a less traveled area to use instead, O’Neil said, perhaps in a more residential area.

O’Neil told the Finance and License Committee he will have a crew of 12 to 15 people on set every day. He will be using some local actors, he added, among them Port High student Mike Babcock and Howard Hinterthuer.

One local police officer will also be part of the cast, he said.

“We’ll have one real police officer playing a fictional police officer in the film,” O’Neil said.

After the film is shot, O’Neil said, it will take three to four months to edit. Other technical work will be done after that, he said.

“If we can get it done within a year from when we’re done filming, in late 2019, I’d be very pleased,” he said. “We’re going to crank it out as quickly as we can, as creatively as we can.”

O’Neil said his goal is to have the movie, which he described as an independent, low-budget art film, shown at a major film festival and to get a distributor.

Benning said he would like to see the movie shown locally, perhaps in the renovated Port High auditorium or as a Friday night movie at the bandshell.

O’Neil wrote the script, which addresses race relations and the perceptions and misconceptions of life in Port Washington and Milwaukee.

“Intoxicated Rain” is the third and largest film O’Neil has created. 

He is also the owner of the Wicked Hop bar and restaurant in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.


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