Like Gary Lundgren’s two earlier films, “Black Road” was shot in the Ashland area and on the Curry County coast, including this scene at Burnt Hill Beach.
Backers of the local State of Jefferson movement in 2014 envisioned a haven free of stifling regulations where even the smallest community would have a voice.
They probably wouldn’t recognize the lawless, almost post-apocalyptic, frontier filmmaker Gary Lundgren dreamed up for his third full-length film, “Black Road.”
Filmed in Ashland and on the Curry County coast south of Gold Beach, “Black Road” tempers comfort of the familiar with dread as the main character, an ex-military cyborg named Dylan, played by “The Office’s” Sam Daly, explores the Free State of Jefferson.
“Black Road” opened in theaters at Crescent City Cinemas on Friday and will play through next week. The film will also be shown at Coming Attractions Theaters in Eureka, Coos Bay and Klamath Falls.
“Jefferson is sort of this lawless empty place,” said Lundgren, whose films ‘Calvin Marshall’ and ‘Redwood Highway’ were also shot in Oregon. “It’s almost like driving out deep into Oregon through small towns where people are left to their own devices. You can be free out here, but you’re also going to be a lot more vulnerable.”