Patti DiVita started filming her screenplay, "Did I Say Thousand Island?" last Saturday at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
For the next three weeks a group of dedicated locals are working 14 - 16 hour days to shoot the feature-length romantic comedy about restaurant life in Summit County.
The film stars Denver actress Jaime Foard as Cathy, an educated, single waitress who questions if she should "get a real job." She discovers the true meaning of friendship when she meets Pete, played by Rado Bily.
"Servers have always been very stereotyped in movies. People don't look up to servers," DiVita said. " I want to change that."
She hopes her film will remind people of the Golden Rule: "To treat others as you'd like to be treated."
DiVita's using her retirement fund to pay for the film, which she's shooting on almost no budget. Everyone's working for free, hoping to receive payment if the film gets picked up at one of the film festivals they hope to enter this fall.