Making “So Cold the River” Was a Community Affair – Indianapolis Business Journal


Bloomington bestselling author Michael Koryta based his novel “So Cold the River” at the West Baden Hotel in Orange County. In fact, you could say the hotel is basically a character in the book. And so, when it came time to make “So Cold the River” a movie, there could be no other place to do it.

Enter Pete Yonkman, president of hotel owner, Cook Group. Yonkman is friends with Koryta and the folks at Pigasus Pictures, a Bloomington-based film company.

So he connected the two and stayed involved. In fact, Yonkman and Cook CEO Carl Cook (the son of Bill and Gayle Cook, who funded the hotel’s renovation) invested in the film and facilitated the use of the hotel by Pigasus, who closed for several weeks to accommodate filming.

Host Mason King chats with Yonkman and Pigasus Pictures CEO Zack Spicer about the hotel, story and making of the film. But they’re also looking at a new law that will provide tax credits for future productions shot in Indiana.

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