A small Ohio community was changed two decades ago by a film.
And it is still embracing the connection today.
"The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed in 1993 in the communities of Mansfield, Upper Sandusky and Ashland, Ohio, and the cities are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the seven-time Oscar-nominated film this weekend with a huge three-day extravaganza.
During a recent preview tour, I was given a look at what fans can expect while visitings.
From a café in downtown Mansfield offering Shashankwiches to the prison setting itself at the Ohio State Reformatory, the organizers are committed and excited about offering visitors a tour along The Shawshank Trail.
Appearances by actors from the film are expected. Bob Gunton, who played Warden Norton, and James Kisicki, who played the bank manager, are expected to attend. Renee Blaine and Scott Mann, who played the wife and her lover, respectively, is expected. The prisoner named "Fat Ass," played by Frank Medrano, is attending a signing autographs with some of the others.
The schedule of events also include a screening of the acclaimed Frank Darabont movie at the Renaissance Theatre, where the film originally premiered on Sept. 13, 1994.
Here is a look at some of the sights from the trail:
|A bevy of merchandise options are available for purchase in the Convictions Gift Shop.|
|Other movies have filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory. |
Here, a set piece from "Air Force One" remains on the grounds.