OregonLive.com (US), July 28, 2003

District gets $8,000 to let filmmakers use school

by John Snell

TUALATIN The Tigard-Tualatin School District made $8,000 for letting Tualatin High School be used as a movie set this month in an independent film.

The school, at 22300 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, was used during filming for the movie "Thumbsucker."

Filming at the school began July 19 and was scheduled to end Saturday.

In addition to $8,000 rent, the district required that the filmmakers leave a $5,000 refundable security deposit to cover any cleanup costs and repair any damage to the school building or grounds.

The movie is based on Walter Kirn's 1999 novel about a Minnesota high school student who sucks his thumb.

The movie stars Keanu Reeves, Vince Vaughn, Lou Taylor Pucci, Vincent D'Onofrio and Tilda Swinton.

Beaverton native Chase Offerle, 12, also appears in the movie.

The filmmakers originally planned to use Beaverton schools in the movie but decided to film in Tualatin instead.

The contract between the district and the film company, Scared Little Animals, specifies that no one in the cast or crew be allowed to drink or smoke while on district property, in keeping with Tualatin's no-smoking and no-drinking policies.

Similarly, no one was allowed to have soft drinks other than Coca-Cola products, in keeping with the district's exclusive contract with Coke.

The movie company could use the building from July 19 through 26. The movie was to shoot at locations in Washington County and around Mount Hood for about seven weeks beginning July 9.

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