Indie pic underwent financing setback

Experience Media Studios has completed production on stalled indie drama “Carmel-by-the-Sea,” starring Lauren Bacall, Josh Hutcherson, Alfred Molina, Hayden Panettiere, Dina Eastwood, Billy Boyd and Alexandra Carl.

The indie pic had been set to begin shooting in Carmel, Calif., in early 2009 soon after casting Hutcherson in the lead role but funds ran out before the film could be completed.

Experience Media said Tuesday that it raised an additional round of funding, eliminating outstanding debt and obtaining the film and worldwide rights from its former owners.

Script, penned by Carlos de los Rios, focuses on a troubled 16-year-old boy, who wanders into Carmel, falls into the wrong crowd and becomes involved in art forgery. He’s befriended by a retired local artist who traces her career back to the early days of Carmel artists, writers and other creative types, all with skeletons in their closets.

Film’s direted by Lawrence Roeck and produced by Craig Comstock and Experience Media Studios CEO Michael-Ryan Fletchall. Experience said it completed the project by filming additional scenes, adding aerial photography, music and completing post-production in 12 weeks.

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