Aroostook filmmaker sets his movie in Greenville

    Aroostook County filmmaker John W. Bosley recently announced that he has finished his second feature film, “The House That Jack Broke,” set in the small town of Greenville.
    Bosley is hosting three premieres in Michigan (one of them Detroit) in an effort to promote the film there; following the Michigan premiers, Bosley intends to bring the film to Maine where residents will be allowed to view the film in the spring before it is taken to Hollywood.

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    A GREENVILLE PRODUCTION — Aroostook County filmmaker John W. Bosley directs his actors on the set of the newest film “The House That Jack Broke,” set in Greenville.

    Bosley was a student of Brenda Jepson’s video production class at the Caribou Technology Center in 1998 and credits much of his inspiration on his former teacher’s ability to give her students hands-on experience creating video projects.  He was even able to visit the set of a Stephen King movie, “The Storm of the Century” that year and see how Hollywood produces their feature films.
    Bosley’s new film, “The House That Jack Broke” is a story about a newlywed couple’s relationship being stretching to the breaking point when the FBI begins investigating the husband’s past in connection to a double murder case that happened three years before their wedding. The film is a complex story involving a corrupt pharmaceutical company, the war in Afghanistan, and a small town in Maine.
    “Many people have wondered why I would be determined to set the film in the state of Maine,” Bosley said. “It would have been much easier and more economical to have set it in a place like Michigan, where I am currently a resident. But pushing economics aside, it really comes down to the fact that it was the right thing to do. When it comes to Maine it’s the last place people think about setting a film in or even shooting in at all. Hopefully this film helps to change some of that perspective.”
    Bosley first proposed the idea of setting the film in Maine in 2008, when he was approached by some members of the Maine State Senate with questions as to what legislators could do to bring film production to the Maine.
    He explained that this line of questioning prompted him to think about what he could do as a filmmaker to help inspire business activity in the state that he grew up in.
    Bosley decided that the best thing he could do to give back to his home state was to set the film in a small town in Maine where he could show off the landscape and way of life to the world in an entertaining movie and inspire more tourism to the state.
    “Even if the film just inspires a few more people each year to visit the state it is worth it,” Bosley stated. “A lot of people don’t realize the power a filmmaker has to inspire people to visit an area. Especially when you name a town and a state as the setting of the film. People want to see the place they saw in the movie. That great for tourism, that great for the state.”
    In order for Bosley to take the film to Maine he has started up a Demand It campaign for the state on the film’s website. People who want to see the film are encouraged to go on the website, check out the info on the film, and fill in the simple form.
    The three cities in Maine with the highest demands are the locations he will be showing the film at. Bosley did a similar Demand It campaign in Michigan, which helped him to gauge the amount of interest in the film in that state.
    For more information and to request that film be shown locally, please visit the website at

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