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You can now stream Lifetime movie 'Death Saved My Life' shot in Haddonfield

Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) logo Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) 2/25/2021 Celeste E. Whittaker, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
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Hollywood came to Haddonfield.

And now you can check out why on Hulu and Lifetime.

A Lifetime original movie starring actors Meagan Good and Chiké Okonkwo was mostly shot around Haddonfield in November and December.

The movie, entitled “Death Saved My Life,” is part of the network’s “Ripped From the Headlines” franchise of films based on real stories.

“The recent Lifetime movie was a very big deal in Haddonfield,” Haddonfield Mayor Neal Rochford said. “The production crew was amazed at the local reaction while the crews were shooting. Since most of the crew were from out of the area they were blown away by Haddonfield charm. 

“In my opinion, the type of exposure that Haddonfield received is good for our local economy, as well as a showcase to the nation that Haddonfield is a place you want visit. This type of production is due to a NJ state film commission intuitive to bring movie productions to New Jersey.”

Chiké Okonkwo et al. standing in front of a building: Haddonfield mayor Neal Rochford (front row, second from right) holds the movie director clapboard during the filming of the Lifetime movie 'Death Saved My Life' which was mostly shot in Haddonfield in November and December. Star Meagan Good (front row, fourth from the right) is shown along with actor Chiké Okonkwo (front row, far right). © Photo provided Haddonfield mayor Neal Rochford (front row, second from right) holds the movie director clapboard during the filming of the Lifetime movie 'Death Saved My Life' which was mostly shot in Haddonfield in November and December. Star Meagan Good (front row, fourth from the right) is shown along with actor Chiké Okonkwo (front row, far right).

The majority of the filming took place at a private residence in town, the Haddonfield Borough Municipal Building, King’s Court and Zaffron Mediterranean Cuisine. Additional scenes were filmed at Knight Park in Collingswood, Aloft Hotel in Mount Laurel and at locations in Oaklyn, Paterson and Ramsey.

The Lifetime film, which first aired on Feb. 13, is written by Barbara Kymlick and produced by Meagan Good, Julie Insogna Jarrett and Seth Jarrett. It can be seen on several streaming platforms, including Hulu, Philo, fubo TV and on Lifetime’s website.

Steven Gorelick, executive director of the Newark-based New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission, said Insogna Jarrett reached out to him months ago looking for a shooting location for the film.

She initially planned to target a North Jersey town. He steered her towards South Jersey.

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“We were called by the producer of the movie, Julie Isogna, she expressed interest in filming this Lifetime movie and they wanted this picture-perfect town,” Gorelick said.

“They were going to look in North Jersey. Maybe two years ago, I toured Haddonfield with the mayor, who is incredible and unbelievably cooperative and certainly wanting to attract film production. I was so impressed with the look of the town. I said ‘this is Middle America here, this is a gorgeous little town.’ The architectural integrity is amazing. It hasn’t been overrun with eclectic style buildings. It retains its period flavor.

“We’ve been looking for the right project for it,'' Gorelick continued. "I mentioned the town to her. She went down to look at it. She called me and said ‘This is perfect. Can we film here?’ I said I think you can. I spoke to the mayor. He was very interested and incredibly supportive. The town had the right look but without the cooperation, you can’t get things done.

"The mayor, the administration, the people in the town were enormously cooperative,'' . These types of movies are shot over a relatively short shooting schedule. The movie was finished in late December and it was on the air Feb. 13. It was a very quick turnaround.”

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The Lifetime website describes the thriller:  “On the surface it seems Jade (Meagan Good) has it all, a successful marketing career, a husband admired and respected in the community, and a young daughter they both dote on.”

Behind closed doors, her husband Ed, played by Okonkwo, is physically and psychologically abusive. When Jade decides to leave, he tells her “If I can’t have you, nobody will.” She discovers he has hired someone to kill her and “realizes the only way to escape Ed is to make him believe the hitman completed the job and that she is dead.”

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Good has appeared in “Friday”, “Jumping the Broom”, “Think Like a Man”, “Think Like a Man, Too”, “Eve’s Bayou”, “Stomp the Yard” and more.

Meagan Good et al. standing on a sidewalk: Actress Meagan Good and Haddonfield mayor Neal Rochford are shown on the set of the Lifetime movie 'Death Saved My Life', which was mostly shot in Haddonfield in November and December. © Photo provided Actress Meagan Good and Haddonfield mayor Neal Rochford are shown on the set of the Lifetime movie 'Death Saved My Life', which was mostly shot in Haddonfield in November and December.

Good’s sister La’Myia Good plays Jade’s sister Leigh. Okonkwo has played in such films as “Birth of a Nation” and the former BET series “Being Mary Jane.”

With proper protocols and safety measures being followed, Gorelick said that regular production activity has continued in the state, including recent projects such as "The Equalizer", a CBS television series starring New Jersey native Queen Latifah, as well as CBS political drama "Ways and Means."

“Our film industry is growing and thriving, bringing exciting projects like 'Death Saved My Life' to the Garden State,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a press release promoting the film. “Our Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program ensures we remain a premier film location.”

Secretary of State Tahesha Way said inthe statement she was “delighted that Lifetime chose to film 'Death Saved My Life' in the Garden State, utilizing South Jersey’s diverse local cast and crew.

“It takes a village to create a full-scale production. New Jersey’s vast network of vendors and support services make that possible.”

Celeste E. Whittaker is a reporter in features for the Courier Post, Daily Journal and Burlington County Times. The SJ native has worked at the Courier Post since 1998 and has covered the Philadelphia 76ers, college and high school sports and has won numerous awards. Reach her at 856.486.2437 or  cwhittaker@gannettnj.com

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