'Christ' in Chloride

JC AMBERLYN/Miner -- Mark Maggiori (left) speaks to a crowd of people at the Chloride Town Hall in Chloride on Thursday evening. Maggiori is the director of a new movie, “Johnny Christ,” about to film in Chloride. Kirk Slack (seated next to Maggiori) of Slack Productions out of Chloride is the production assistant, scouting out locations for the film, local auditions and other tasks.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner -- Mark Maggiori (left) speaks to a crowd of people at the Chloride Town Hall in Chloride on Thursday evening. Maggiori is the director of a new movie, “Johnny Christ,” about to film in Chloride. Kirk Slack (seated next to Maggiori) of Slack Productions out of Chloride is the production assistant, scouting out locations for the film, local auditions and other tasks.

Mark Maggiori spokes to a crowd of people at the Chloride Town Hall in Chloride on Thursday evening. Maggiori is the director of a new movie, "Johnny Christ," about to film in Chloride. Kirk Slack of Slack Productions out of Chloride is the production assistant, scouting out locations for the film, local auditions and other tasks. Director Maggiori is a native of France and has been involved in making music videos for 10 years. He was in a band called "Pleymo" and is also an artist, photographer and painter. "I've loved American culture since I was a kid," Maggiori said. This influence resulted in an interest in skateboarding and Western/American Indian cinema. He first visited this country when he was 15 and has long dreamt of filming a movie here. A friend, Petecia Coleman, a native of Chloride, introduced him to that town, and Maggiori has been enamored ever since, returning several times. He has filmed music videos in Chloride before, including "Hobo" by Charlie Winston. Now he has returned to direct a feature film, which will be an indie-style movie. "Johnny Christ" is a story of a man and his dysfunctional family. Most of the main actors were cast from out of state, but about 70-80 extras and smaller roles were still needed. The movie is expected to wrap up filming around Oct. 18.