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Native Director to Film in Martinez

'A Dog's Life' by Seth Craven, a Long Beach college student, will be filming here for the next eight days.

The back lots of Martinez are about to become Hollywood North.

Writer-director Seth Craven, a college film student, told the Martinez News-Gazette that a production crew of 43 will be in Martinez for the next eight days, making "A Dog's Life." A student at California State University at Long Beach State," Craven is a native of Martinez.

Craven's crew has a film photography permit from the city from Thursday (today) through Friday, April 5, said Police Chief Gary Peterson. No street closures are authorized, he said. Filming locations from the permit request include the Marina, 3221 Castro St., 3410 Brookside Dr., 7 North Court St., 150 E St., and 709 and 1005 Ferry St.

The city has three to six film permits a year, Peterson said.

According to the movie's Facebook page, the story goes like this: "Blake Larsen, at 21, drops out of school to move back home with his mother after the death of his father." The Facebook site includes PayPal provisions where benefactors may donate to the production of "A Dog's Life."

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