“Oildale” premier to benefit local veterans

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“Oildale,” a movie shot in Kern County, is set to premier on Saturday, March 30 at the Fox Theater.

“Its about a young girl 18-years-old who with her 13-year-old brother is taking care of their 90-year-old World War II grandpa and at the beginning of the movie he starts to lose his grasp of time and place and they have to move him into a rest home,” director David Mueller.

With their parents out of the picture, Carlie has to find a way to support her Gramps and her brother, Pete, played by local actor Caleb Brown.

Brown’s real-life grandfather is a veteran.

“They both have the same name, it’s Hicks,” Brown said. “So every time I said Gramps I always thought of him, so it made the connection better.”

The movie was filmed all over Kern County. It tells the story of the hardship veterans face when they come home from war.      

“They need to see what war veterans are and they are just people,” Brown said. “It’s not like they don’t need to be scared of them and they can talk to them, help them if they are on the streets homeless.”

For screenwriter Lynn Salt the film is personal. Her parents are both world war two war veterans. her father also severed in the Korean War.

“When he retired we came out to california Vietnam was in full force,” Salt said. “When the Vietnam vets started to come back they were being call baby killers and spit on and it was shocking to me, but I knew it was unfair to treat our soldiers that way and I knew someday I was going to something. I didn’t know it would be this.”

Salt is based out of Los Angeles, but fell in love with Bakersfield years ago after visiting the Crystal Palace for Buck Owens and Merle Haggard concerts.

“We just kept saying we want to write something here,” said Salt. “The feeling that you’re 90 minutes away from LA where nobody seems to care about anybody and the ambition and the greed is there. We come here and people are just so kind and nice.”

Originally wanting to do a fairy tale about Kern County’s music roots, her vision changed when she met local veterans.

“When we felt the vets, I just said I need to do this,” Salt said. “We could feel them you know and we could feel this town.”

“Oildale” will make its world priemere at the Fox Theater Saturday, March 30.

Ticket sales will support the Wounded Heros Fund and the Fox Theater Foundation. 

Tickets can be purchsed online here or at the Fox Theater box office. 

To watch the full length trailer of “Oildale” click here

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