Yukon splashes across the silver screen

The faith based film "Treasure Lies" shot in Yukon


By Carol Mowdy Bond

Contributing Writer

The cast and crew screening for the film “Treasure Lies” was held March 5th at the Warren Theatre in Midwest City.

Filming wrapped production July 6th in Yukon, after weeks of filming in central Oklahoma. Not yet rated, the film has a release date of March 27th.

Award-winning filmmaker Scott Peterson wrote and produced the film, which is a faith-based, family film.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Brett Varvel, the film tells the story of a hardworking, all-American teen who, feeling that life has let him down, learns lessons in faith, character, contentedness, and integrity.

A drama, “Treasure Lies” stars Cameron Arnett, Dariush Moslemi, Ben Buehler, Brooks Ryan, Rachel Cameron, and Caleb Milby.

Among Yukon locals in the film are Pastor Mark Borseth of Resurrection Lutheran Church, who plays the part of a limo driver. Yukon High’s wrestling coach, Joe Schneider, is an official in a wrestling match.

The City of Yukon served as the primary production hub. But Edmond and Oklahoma City also served as filming locations.

Numerous Yukon locations are seen in the film, including The Lokal Restaurant, Discovery Church, the Yukon Progress newspaper offices, Yukon National Bank, the old Yukon High School which is now the middle school, TC Mart, and the Yukon Mill.

Donna Yanda of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services provided the hearse and casket. And the Yukon Fire Dept. provided the rain in one scene.

Peterson’s daughter and son-in-law live in Yukon. They own Bath Sorbet. And Peterson’s daughter plays a part in the film.

Diane and Scott Peterson founded ii Films, which is a faith-based company based out of Minnesota. Previous credits include “Miles Between Us” and “The Current.” “Treasure Lies” is their third feature film, and the first of their productions to film in Oklahoma utilizing the state’s film incentive.

Look for “Treasure Lies” soon at the Harkins Theatres.