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WILKES COUNTY LINE MOVES AHEAD INTO PRE-PRODUCTION


NORTH WILKESBORO SPEEDWAY courtesy of frontstretch.com

TEMPLE GATE FILMS has cleared two major milestones in bringing WILKES COUNTY LINE coming to fruition. We have chosen an amazing director that has agreed to come on board, and we have reached an agreement on distribution. This clears the way for us to enter into pre-production in less than 30 days.

WILKES COUNTY LINE is a fast paced film that takes us back to 1963 and the era of moonshine chases and early days of racing when local celebrities like Junior Johnson and Willie Clay Call.


The story started with TGF producer/Composer Rick Balentine passing North Wilkesboro Speedway, then calling TGF casing director Tanille Ulm and writing together the 7 page story in a day. Now, TGF head writer has copyrighted and almost completes the writing the script in prep for filming.


Preliminary casting options have also begun, theme music ideas written, crew being selected and all the enormous prep involved is underway.


Wilkesboro Film Commission is becoming an amazing asset as well, in bringing the resources of Wilkesboro to the table with road closures, EMF, fire and police services as well as many other things to numerous to mention.

We are truly excited that WCL will be the first out of the chute as industry professionals have come together to make this story into a reality.


More to follow.


Rick Balentine


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Cindy Mastin
Cindy Mastin
Sep 09, 2021

Yes Paul it would be a dream. I agree also with "Dave" below that this film will make history. I guess I think "ahead and beyond".. as I truly think that this will be one of the the most watched films in the nation due to Nascar being so popular and the fact that Moonshining and bootlegging was history making as well!! It went hand in hand. To Add the Speedway where it "all began" is Epic and The producers have done their homework. I truly think this will go further than imagined and I am so happy that the citizens of Wilkes and beyond have given so much support. I do have some items that may be useful from…

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Air-E-All
Air-E-All
Sep 09, 2021

Oh man, what a dream this would be to work on THE movie of my home town, either way I know this movie will be a huge success, I have no doubts about

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I can't wait to see all this unfold.


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Great news one of the greatest days if racing. 4time winner Helio Castroneves joins the ranks of AJ Foyt and Al Unser Sr. May this film make history of its own for Temple Gate.

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John Edel, Actor
John Edel, Actor
May 30, 2021

That’s great news Rick!

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