Tyler native Kathy Swanson is returning to her roots to put together an independent film They say writers should write what they know. For Tyler native Kathy Swanson, what she knows is the Tyler area. Swanson, who now lives in Vermont with her husband, Vince O'Connell, is returning to her roots this summer to shoot a feature film based on a screenplay she wrote. The two are producing and directing the "ultra low-budget" independent film, O'Connell said. Swanson wrote the script, which has a working title of "Hap and Ashley." The film's principal photography will be shot in and around Tyler between July 17 and Aug. 16. The two were in Marshall last week to hold auditions for the two lead roles and will have auditions in June for about 30 other roles including featured extras, extras and background actors. Additional auditions will take place in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, S.D.



One of the hallmarks of being a film student is ambition. No matter who you are or where you are, if you're a film student then chances are you dream big. Now, two of Ohio University Film's own are about to make their big dreams into reality.  MFA candidates, Kathy Swanson and Vince O'Connell are currently preparing to shoot an independent feature film for their final, thesis project here at OU. The film, Hap and Ashley (working title), tells the story of an aging farmer who, after selling his farm, struggles to maintain his youth by road tripping across the country with his granddaughter.