Written by Andy Newman Saturday, 03 August 2013 00:00
Great Neck was the scene of its second Hollywood movie production of the summer last week as Kelly and Cal, a small-budget independent film, used the Village Green for its first day of shooting.
The film, which stars Oscar-nominated Juliette Lewis and Josh Hopkins, the male lead on televisons’ Cougar Town, spent only a day in town, filming an additional scene near Arrandale Avenue and Maple Street.
Lewis, who plays an unhappy mother who has recently given birth, was filmed approaching several other young mothers who were sitting on a park bench for a chat. Director Jen
McGowan guided Lewis and the other actors through several takes. This is McGowan’s first feature film, after a successful career directing short pieces. Neither Hopkins, who plays Lewis’ husband, nor Cybill Shepherd, who also has a role, were present during the day’s shooting.
Lewis has worked for many noted directors, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone. She was nominated for an Oscar in 1992 as best supporting actress, for her role opposite Robert DeNiro in Cape Fear.
Producers Mandy Tagger Brockey (a Roslyn resident) and Adi Ezroni were on the set to supervise the first day of production. Noting the absence of large numbers of trucks, trailers, equipment and crew usually present during a movie production, Brockey said, “We’re a small budget production, you know! We don’t have all that.”
The filming of This Is Where I Leave You that took place on June 22 in the heart of Great Neck Plaza, drew a lot of curious onlookers and forced periodic closings of Middle Neck Road, the Kelly production was barely noticed by passersby. “That’s the way we like it,” Brockey commented.