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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Elevating Entertainment premiered its newest movie, “Much Ado About Middle School” which was mostly filmed in Wilson County, last night at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville.

Elevating Entertainment is run by award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and filmmaker Dave Moody and his son Josh, who wrote “Much Ado.” Josh is a student at Vanderbilt University.

The movie is about a group of outcast middle schoolers who band together at an abandoned theater (filmed at the old Capitol Theater in Lebanon). They soon learn that the theater is set to be demolished and set out to raise money by putting on a modern day rendition of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The scenes of the theater were filmed at the Capitol Theater in Lebanon, the school scenes were filmed in Wilson Central High School, and there were some other scenes filmed in Watertown.

According to the film’s website www.middleschoolmovie.com, the morals center on “treating all people with respect, standing up for yourself and what you believe in, and above all being true to yourself, ‘Much Ado About Middle School’ delivers a fun family film with a message that will speak to all generations.”

Key McKinney, who teaches English, Yearbook and Theater at Lebanon High School, had a small part in the film and also, along with her son Corey, helped out as a grip. Grips setup lighting and props for a scene.

“I found out about auditions from some friends with Encore Theater in Hermitage,” McKinney said. “I came and met the Moodys and got a part. I really enjoyed this opportunity. The Moodys are a great family and I’m glad they moved to this area.

“I hope this film will encourage other filmmakers to come to our town to film,” McKinney said. She has been in several commercials and was a main character in Vince Gill’s music video “Worlds Apart,” which won him a Grammy for Best Male Country Performance in 1996.

Currently, the film has only this one-night engagement, but Mr. Moody said they are looking for other screenings and possibly a television showings. His previous film, “Praise Band,” which won many awards, will be on sale in DVD format in LifeWay Christian stores in October.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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