• Bethany Joy Lenz and another actress on set in the atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel

 

"A Castle in the Middle of Nowhere"

Picture of two cast members in a conversation

Remember that feeling of stepping into West Baden’s domed atrium for the first time? Even Hollywood was blown away by it. Hear the cast and crew share their first impressions of the hotel.

 

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Massive Space, Big Challenges

Two characters face to face under the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium

West Baden Springs, Indiana, isn’t exactly Hollywood. Filming a movie entirely in small-town Indiana — and in West Baden Springs Hotel’s spacious confines — came with its share of challenges. This ambitious project involved plenty of creativity and problem-solving.

 

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Making Medical Devices, and Now a Movie

A medical device company involved in making of a movie? Yep, it’s just what Cook Group does. It’s all about the positive impact on local communities for Cook, which was the driving force behind the restoration of West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Resort in the mid-2000s.

 

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Bringing West Baden Springs Hotel to the Big Screen

Michael Koryta standing on the roof of the West Baden Springs Hotel

Michael Koryta, So Cold the River Book Author & Movie Executive Producer

 

Michael Koryta was 8 years old when he first laid eyes on West Baden Springs Hotel, back in the day was it was near ruin. After the hotel was restored, making a movie at the grand hotel became an obsession.

 

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Hoosier Pride Plays a Starring Role

Pigasus Pictures, an independent film company based in Bloomington, set the stage. West Baden provided a stunning hotel backdrop better than any movie set. And an excited local community offered a support system that brought it all together. Through and through, So Cold the River is packed with small-town Hoosier pride.

 

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