Lake Norman & Mooresville

Lights, camera, action! Coming to Lake Norman

JP Cashman has brought Hollywood to the Lake Norman area.

Cashman, a director and producer, is originally from Michigan and has been playing and writing music since age 7.

Cashman, who otherwise works in retail, has been pursuing his passion for acting and filmmaking for 11 years.

"I love creating film, really love behind the camera, been on both sides as an actor, too, and can appreciate and respect what the actor goes through," said Cashman, who lives in Mooresville.

On the set of his first film, "On the Market," Cashman wore several hats. He served as director, producer, actor and composer.

His film won "Best Ensemble Cast - Short Film" in the NYC International Film Festival for 2009.

"Simply Delicious" is Cashman's second film. He is currently directing and producing the movie about a successful opera singer, Josh Taylor, whose character is played by Grammy/Dove Award singer Elijah Chester.

In the movie, Taylor decides to leave New York City, abandoning his career and fiancée to return to his home in Charlotte. Taylor, who dreams of becoming a chef, returns to open a restaurant. However, his dreams and passions are challenged in a difficult economy. He also battles with his personal issues while struggling to find happiness and romance.

Much of the filming is being done in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, including Mooresville and Cornelius. The Wine Cellar in Cornelius was the setting for a jazz club, where local talent Carrie Marshall acts as a jazz singer and girlfriend of Taylor's.

"What I also love about what he's doing is how he's trying to boost our city and business in the region," said Marshall of Huntersville.

Sandra VanNatta co-stars as Taylor's restaurant co-owner and appeared in the Hallmark channel film "The Shunning."

Cashman's cast also includes Charlotte Bobcat cheerleader, Jordan Fish. Most of "Simply Delicious" will be taped around Lake Norman this summer. A second production team is filming a segment in California.

Cashman is a store manager, which allows him to pay the bills and provides him the luxury to make movies.