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Documentary about Paris almost finished

<p>Interview conducted: Documentary film maker Ray Bertram (center) interviews Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers (left). Betram said he’ll make one more trip to Paris for half a day to finishing filming the documentary.</p>

Interview conducted: Documentary film maker Ray Bertram (center) interviews Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers (left). Betram said he’ll make one more trip to Paris for half a day to finishing filming the documentary.

More footage was shot last Saturday for a documentary about Paris that may air on AETN.

Ray Bertram, who lives on Petit Jean Mountain, and videographer Michael Schwarz of Conway, arrived in Paris early Saturday morning, shot footage and did interviews until the batteries on their equipment went dead around 5 p.m.

“The shooting went wonderfully,” Bertram said. “We got a lot of good footage and a lot of history footage shot. We were also able to do numerous interviews.”

Their day started at 7:45 a.m. when they shot footage of Keep Paris Beautiful volunteers gathering at Wood Street Park to have breakfast and get organized. During the day, footage was shot around town, of clean up work, on a section of the Old Military Road that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and of various historic buildings. Dr. Curtis Varnell of Paris was also interviewed about a Civil War Battlefield recently found near the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport.

This was Bertram’s third trip to Paris. He plans to do one more before beginning work on the final product.

“We’re going to come back down about for half a day of additional shooting,” he said. “I think that’ll be enough to wrap things up.”

Bertram is hoping the documentary about Paris will lead to its being shown on AETN as the pilot of a program he’s calling This is Arkansas. Even if that doesn’t happen, the complete video will be seen on You Tube. In fact, residents can now view previews of the footage already shot on You Tube. Simply log onto You Tube and type thisisarkans (without spaces) in the search field and the footage will be displayed.

Bertram said the finished product should ready by the middle of the summer.

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