An independent film shot at Elmhurst Quarry is now available on streaming services
The Elmhurst Quarry was originally a source of limestone for local builders but was converted into a flood control facility in the 90s. The deep pit has captured the imagination of many residents over the years and a former resident – Ian Martin – filmed part of his first feature film “Cooke Concrete” there.
“Like most kids growing up in Elmhurst, I’ve always been intrigued by careers,” Martin said. “I had used a quarry as a location in the script and thought it would be great to film there, but I wasn’t sure it was possible. I contacted the county and we were able to make it happen. “
Martin describes the 2018 film as a low-key comedic mystery about a slacker college student who comes home for the summer and, for reasons he doesn’t quite understand, goes in search of a local recluse. One of the places the main character is looking for is the career with his ex-girlfriend.
Martin said the night shoot exceeded his expectations.
“It was such a cool place. We tried to capture as many great photos as possible. We really wanted to do justice to the location and I feel like we got some really good pictures there. We are not the only project to have filmed in the career, but I think we have perhaps the most interesting images.”
Other projects that have been filmed at Elmhurst Quarry include “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire”.
The film was a labor of love for Martin which raised most of the budget on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign was helped by his selection as a Kickstarter Staff Pick as well as the addition of Lil BUB – a famous and selfless cat – to the cast.
“I went to Indiana University with Mike Bridavsky who was Lil BUB’s human,” Martin said. “We found a way to give BUB an appearance in the movie. It was really nice to have their support and I think his appearance is a fun time for the many Lil BUB fans.”
In addition to the quarry, the film was shot throughout Illinois and parts of Michigan.
“We had a lot of slots for an independent micro-budget,” Martin said. “We filmed next to Salt Creek and along Prairie Path. We filmed in the homes of very kind and patient friends. We found a few places on Airbnb. But the quarry was definitely the highlight for me. I’ve always wanted to film there and it didn’t disappoint.”