Two-and-a-half years ago, Bricker-Down Productions shot a short film in downtown Estacada.
Since its screening at the Estacada Public Library, “The Man Who Loved Flowers” has traveled far, making appearances in more than 20 film festivals in three different countries.
Writer and director Justin Zimmerman believes filming in Estacada brought something special to the movie, which is based on a Stephen King short story of the same name. Broadway Street and other nearby locations can be seen throughout the six minute film.
Though King’s short story is originally set in New York, Zimmerman believes switching the setting to Estacada helps enhance the film’s themes. In the story, a young man buys flowers for his beloved as various people notice him, but things eventually take a darker turn.
“(The film initially showcases) the ideas of love, community and people coming together,” he said. “It’s a tranquil place that got shattered. Estacada really brought that idea alive.”
Zimmerman added that the film’s team also enjoyed working in Estacada because of the people who live in the town. He and other crew members enjoyed interacting with community members and stayed with local hosts during filming, which lasted a week.
“Estacada was part of the production in an organic way,” Zimmerman said. “The film is really a partnership.”
Since its creation in Estacada, the film has been showcased in festivals across three countries. At the 2015 Northwest Comic/Film Festival, it won best horror film, and was crowned the micro-horror winner at the 2016 International Horror Hotel.
The film isn’t available for viewing online, so you’ll have to catch it at a film festival. The trailer, which showcases downtown Estacada, is available at www.brickerdown.com/films.
Recently, Zimmerman also compiled a behind-the-scenes video titled “On Set With The Man Who Loved Flowers.” The video features clips and photos from the project’s filming and is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6NZrkeYM3U.
“It’s a neat way to see how production differs from the end product,” Zimmerman said.
He added that his favorite memory related to “The Man Who Loved Flowers” is one that highlights the film’s sharp turn in tone. He recounted a crowded screening of the film, during which the audience was “really reacting to it.”
“People were laughing, having fun and in love with the main character and Estacada, and then the turn happened,” he recalled. “People just started loudly talking and screaming. It was such a contrast.”
Though it’s been several years since “The Man Who Loved Flowers” wrapped filming, Estacada is still on Zimmerman’s mind.
“I would like to return to Estacada for a larger film project,” he said.