iPossessed horror movie scene filmed at White City antique shop

WHITE CITY — Lights, camera, action!

Independent filmmakers last week used a 120-year-old historic landmark in White City to shoot a scene for an upcoming horror film, “iPossessed.”

The scene was written specifically for The White City Historical Antique Mercantile, said film writer and co-director Carl Rimi, who previously had visited the Midway Road shop and loved its “old-timey” feel.

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Cathy Wells, owner of the White City Historical Antique Mercantile business inside the old Mercantile Store, sweeps off the front porch of the White City landmark building built in 1901 along Midway Road in White City in March 2003.

The film follows a group of friends enjoying a celebratory evening when one becomes possessed by a demon who forces the others to battle their own personal demons. A majority of the movie is filmed at a Lake Placid farmhouse.

The antique store scene is a mere 2½ minutes, but the crew filmed there for about 12 hours overnight Thursday, Rimi said.

Rimi avoided spoilers, but divulged a character in need of a blender ventures out of a house and into the nearby woods, where he stumbles upon the antique shop.

The 3,200-square-foot building is spacious, but jam-packed with antiques and collectibles, emulating the claustrophobic and out-of-the-ordinary feeling Rimi wanted.

“Every little piece about it screams nothing of today, and that has a lot to do with the story,” he said.

Construction of the White City Mercantile Building in 1901.

White City, antique shop history

White City is among St. Lucie County’s most historical spots, nestled between and now overshadowed by its much-larger neighbors, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie.

Louis Albert Pio founded White City in 1893, purchasing the land from Florida railroad pioneer Henry Flagler and naming it after the model-city exhibit at the Chicago World’s Fair that year.

The White City exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

About 50 settlers pitched tents along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River and created a main road, today’s Midway Road. They rapidly developed the area in its first year, building a hotel, bank and post office.

Residents have worked to preserve the community ever since, forming the White City Improvement Club in 1904. They have opposed altering the area, including 2013 plans to rename Midway Road.

The newer, present-day White City Improvement Club building in 2019.

The White City Mercantile Store was built in 1901, originally as a general store, and residents today still lovingly refer to it as the heart of the unincorporated community.

The mercantile — a building where vendors rent space to display their wares, which the store owner sells for them — has served over the decades as a post office as well as a feed, furniture and Western store.