Algonquin man's 'the Wanting' filmed at Duke's in Crystal Lake

Father, daughter duo aims for 2018 release of short film

An Algonquin man’s movie-making dreams came true as the first few scenes of his film, “the Wanting,” were filmed in Crystal Lake.

Deciding in his 50s to finally pursue a passion and write a screenplay, Marty McGinley watched as his film crew took over Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen Aug. 19.

“There was a moment when I actually felt like I was going to cry,” said McGinley, who also serves as director of the film. “You write this down and come up with this idea . . . and you see it, and it’s like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s actually happening.’

“When you’re 53, everyone’s telling you it’s kind of silly to go and take this route, to waste this time, but it’s something you wanted to do. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you just do it.”

A story described as a “ ‘Twilight Zone,’ old-fashioned kind of thriller,” “the Wanting” should be released early next year to be submitted to film festivals throughout the country, McGinley said. At 17 minutes, it is considered a short film, and the hope is it will be picked up or sold with the rights for a feature film, he said.

The movie is about a sister, Grace Hunter, played by McGinley’s daughter, Rachel, consumed by her brother’s disappearance.

“Plagued with constant nightmare and reminders of her loss, she struggles to move on,” a description reads.

“But all that changes when a cryptic text, sent from her brother Robbie Hunter’s phone, makes her second guess everyone and everything. A text that gives her directions that she has to choose to follow. Torn between hope and reality, Grace must choose to blindly trust her brother’s instructions, or face the coming darkness alone.”

About two years in the making, the movie is being created with high-end equipment. McGinley auditioned actors from throughout the country to play Robbie Hunter before choosing Paris Dylan, who traveled from Los Angeles for the filming, which also took place at a home and office in Crystal Lake.

Dylan has made more than 40 television appearances on ABC, CBS and FX, hosted radio shows and starred in more than 20 short and feature films.

McKinley also auditioned several actresses for the role of Grace Hunter, but said Rachel won the role. Also a producer for the film, Rachel McGinley has appeared in multiple short films and the feature film “A Shallow Grave.”

The duo is making the film through Marty McGinley’s newly created company, Stillwater Pictures – – through the financial and volunteer support of many throughout the community. Still, it’s been tough. After filming a teaser trailer last year, McGinley struggled with financing.

“There were moments when I was like maybe this wasn’t a good idea,” he said. “With your family supporting you and believing in you, you keep pushing and pushing. … You’re always needing a little bit more money here and there.”

He’s determined to complete the project, with more area filming expected to take place in September.

Those looking to donate to the project are asked to email McGinley at

“We’ve invested a lot of time making sure we do it right,” Marty McGinley said. “We didn’t want to rush it, but we also wanted to keep it in the community. That’s where we come from. That’s what we know. … This project has been very word of mouth, but we’re starting to get a following, which is good.”

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