Lights. Camera. Action!
You may have seen the notice circulating around the neighborhood about the filming this weekend:
“The View From Tall, LLC will be filming in this neighborhood on November 8, 2014. We will be filming a feature film with the cooperation of the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department.
- North side of W Granville Ave between N Broadway St and the train tracks.
- East side of N Broadway St between the bus stop near W Granville Ave and 6231 N Broadway St”
We were curious and did a little digging. Here is the press release they sent us about the film if you are interested. It is great to see the arts alive and in action in Edgewater Glen.
Can’t wait to checkout the neighborhood in the film!
AWARD-WINNING CHICAGO THEATRE DUO MAKE LEAP TO FILM
Chicago, IL (11/3/14) Frequent theatre collaborators Erica Weiss and Caitlin
Parrish, fresh off an enormously successful run of The Downpour at Route 66
Theatre Company, co-direct the feature film The View From Tall, now shooting in
and around Chicago. Written by Parrish (a writer on CBS’ Under The Dome), and
based on her award-winning play of the same name, the film stars Amanda Drinkall
(star of the Goodman Theater’s Venus in Fur, in her feature film debut) as Justine, a
teenaged girl ostracized from her high school for being tall, obviously smart and
mature, and most recently, for having an underage affair with her English teacher.
She develops an unlikely friendship with her court-mandated therapist, played by
the inimitable Michael Patrick Thornton (ABC’s Private Practice).
For their first foray into filmmaking, Weiss and Parrish surrounded themselves with
like-minded – and largely female – talent behind the camera. Over half of all
crewmembers are women, including 6 of the 8 major department heads. It was a
conscious decision for the duo, “to create opportunities for strong female
storytellers, where typically there are few,” said Weiss.
Led by producer Amanda Pflieger (SXSW jury winner Animals) the local team
includes Co-producer/UPM Mary Kay Cook (Dimension), Production Supervisor
Jacqueline ‘JJ’ Ingram (Drinking Buddies), Director of Photography Stephanie
Dufford (The Wise Kids), Gaffer Erin Hughes (Jessica), Key Makeup Artist Amber
Talarico (Animals), Costume Designer Alarie Hammock (Steppenwolf Theatre), and
Production Designer Amanda Brinton (A Light Beneath Their Feet), with casting by
Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke of PR Casting (Shameless).
But it was their strong theatre roots that led them to Thornton, co-founder & artistic
director of The Gift Theater.
“When it was a play, the male lead was never written as disabled,” said Parrish. “But
after a reading with Michael, we knew we had our Douglas and further developed
the material specifically for him.”
The View From Tall wraps principal photography November 9, 2014.