MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - West Texas novel, “The Iron Orchard” was brought to life on the big screen, and Midland Mayor Jerry Morales was quick to respond.
February 22, is the release date of the film but Mayor Morales has officially named it “Iron Orchard Day”.
The movie was shot here in West Texas and is based in 1939. where a young man, Jim McNeely’s hunger for success, thrives and crashes in the booming oil industry.
Coincidentally, the film has been produced by several West Texans, who were born and raised in Midland.
West Texas made illustrating the vibe and glitz and glamour of the 30′s easy, but co-producer, Van Scott Folger said the process over the years to make this film a reality, was like slaying a dragon with a pocket knife.
“The hair and makeup, hundreds of extras so wardrobe, hair, and make-up. but man, they did a wonderful job recreating the period of the thirties and forties and the fifties, like I said, they’re all very distinct looks," said Folger.
“I think the ending will leave people scratching their heads a little bit, it’s a bit of a twist. I won’t give anything away but.. it leaves you thinking.”