“Officer Down”

New Film Shot in Fentress County over Weekend

By Jacob E. Rosenbaum

Fentress County was the set of a new feature film this past weekend. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday (January 11 and 12, 2020) actors, extras, cameramen, producers, and the local community at large came together to give life to a story called “Officer Down,” which focuses on the family of a police officer who is killed in the line of duty.

“Officer Down” is the brainchild of Richard Grimberg, a retired police officer from St. Petersburg, Florida, who currently resides in Fentress County. Grimberg, who is both the creator and producer of the film, stated to the press on the opening day of shooting that his goal was to humanize law enforcement officers and to remind his audience that these men and women are real people, with families, who have a dangerous job, and put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect the citizens of their communities.

“This is a story about what happens to a family after a loved one  who’s been killed in the line of duty. Nobody really understands or knows what happens to the family, and what a devastating affect it has on the wife and the kids,” said Grimberg. “When I look on the internet, we see officers getting shot, and we see the funeral, but we don’t see what the families go through. There’s a lot of chaos when a police officer is killed while serving. Unlike under normal circumstances, the spouse of a police officer is confronted with a lot of chaos. The media is always involved, and the local government entities. There’s a lot they have to deal with that others who lose family members don’t. I want to use this as an opportunity to build respect for police officers, and show that they are not bad, like so many seem to perceive them these days, but that they are good people.”

Read the full story in this weeks Fentress Courier.