Every small city has their own myths and legends, and mine is no different! Every one of us are in the long shadow of Chicago, which means no a single ever legitimately thinks about us; Orland Park is a city about 25 miles away from the Second City, and it is a peaceful, quiet location to live, then like I said, just because every one of us are quiet doesn’t mean every one of us are separate from ghost stories and pieces of local lore; As a kid, my favorite was about a living scarecrow called Mrâ€¦ Nix, who lived in the cornfields and looked for naughty children to drag away into the darknessâ€¦ I’m bringing this up because now that I have graduated from film college and moved back to Orland Park, IL, I think my first movie should be about the scarecrow legend! First of all, it’s a single of the only legends that Orland Park can call its own, and hour, my dad claims to have seen it when he was a kid, then he is almost sixty now, and the owner of a successful HVAC repair shop downtown, and has typically been legitimately vocal about his belief in the legend.
In the local Orland Park history museum there is even a little display about the legend, and a newspaper clipping about my dad is part of it! He had his picture and his quote printed in the Orland Park Examiner, so he is officially part of the local lore! If I can get him to take a few mornings off from the HVAC shop I’d love to film an interview with him, and use it as the basis for my Orland Park documentary.