Ask (June 17, 2009)

Question: I haven’t seen much of Dreya Weber since The Gymnast, and that is truly a shame. She is one hot woman! Will she be doing a movie anytime soon?

― Betsy T.

Answer: You, and probably quite a few others, are going to be very happy to hear this. Weber is not only shooting a new film right now, it’s a lesbian film about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy in the U.S.

Dreya Weber in A Marine Story

The film, A Marine Story, began shooting this month in Los Angeles, and stars Weber and out actress Paris Pickard. Here’s a summary of the plot from the film’s official website:

A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp, but when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them.

Dealing with an issue that now has tremendous relevance as American troops are stretched to the breaking point, A Marine Story highlights the absurdity of the military ban on gays through the personal story of one courageous woman.

A Marine Story is written and directed by Weber’s husband, Ned Farr, who also wrote and directed The Gymnast.

Paris Pickard and Dreya Weber in A Marine Story

The filmmakers are hoping to debut A Marine Story at the next Sundance Film Festival. In the meantime, they’re documenting just about every aspect of production online, and you can follow along on their blog, Facebook page, and on Twitter. The "Daily Production Blog" posted by cast and crew should be of particular interest to anyone fascinated by the complex (and rarely glamorous) process of making a film. Here’s an excerpt from a recent post detailing the shooting of a bar scene:

It was refreshing to note that we had fog machines this time instead of having to fill an entire bar with cigarette smoke (as compared to last week). Even though we didn’t get real alcohol, we did get refreshing “fakes” such as club soda and ice tea to tide us over.

And the best part, we got to end the shoot with a real dance party. And dance we did. Dedicated extras Jessica Bair and Sami Hepburn even “artistically stretched” themselves for a hot makeout session for camera.

So despite what production lacks in glamour, it appears to make up for it with other opportunities.

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