SHORT TAKES : Mellencamp Homes In on Movie

FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES

John Mellencamp's sleepy hometown has become the site for his first movie.

Most of the work on "Souvenirs" is being done after midnight so production doesn't interfere with merchants and residents, Cindy Livinghouse, deputy director of the Indiana Tourism and Film Development Commission, said Tuesday.

Filming began Monday in this southern Indiana town of 13,600 and was expected to last about seven weeks, said Harry Sandler, the singer's manager.

Mariel Hemingway and Claude Akins appear in the film with Mellencamp. Few details about the movie have been released, which is how Mellencamp wants it, Sandler said.

Mellencamp, known for his Midwestern rock and work in organizing Farm Aid concerts, was born and raised in Seymour and lives near Bloomington.

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