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Sam Elliott leads cast of Hitler-Bigfoot movie to film in Turners Falls

  • The Shea Theater on Avenue A in Turners Falls is one of the prospective sites for filming of a movie this summer. Filmmakers floated the idea of a possible screening at The Shea. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Monday, July 17, 2017

TURNERS FALLS — Locations around Montague will be the backdrop for an upcoming film, “The Man who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot.”

Writers, producers, directors from the film attended Monday night’s Selectboard meeting where they received approval from the board to film in certain locations around town starting at the end of July into Sept. 1.

Evan Gregg and Robert Krzykowski spoke to the board about what they would be doing and which locations they would be using. Some shots would be downtown at locations like The Shea and Great Falls Discovery Center.

The film is a period piece set in both 1943 and 1987. It stars Sam Elliott and Aidan Turner. Elliott is currently starring in Netflix’s “The Ranch” and Turner is known for his role as Kili in “The Hobbit” series as well as the BBC series “Poldark.”

According to Deadline Hollywood, the film is the story of a legendary World War II veteran who went across enemy lines to kill Hitler, and then several decades later he settles in New England, where he is asked to lead a hunt for Bigfoot.

Filmmakers said it should be about 40 crew members working throughout the days of filming. Krzykowski, a Montague resident, said he has been wanting to film in the area for a long time, and hopes the filming is beneficial to the town.

“We want to see Turners Falls be a place where film production can happen,” he said.

The film crew plans to update town government weekly about filming locations, and representatives from the film have been coordinating with Town Administrator Steve Ellis ahead of last night’s vote.

The two members of the selectboard who were present at Monday’s meeting were excited about the project.

“I think it’s great that Turners Falls is getting a little showcase here, and a local writer makes it better,” Selectboard Chairman Rich Kuklewicz said.

Gregg and Krzykowski said they want to be careful about the impact of the filming on town, and is hopeful they won’t disrupt too much.

The movie will be released in 2018 and filmmakers floated the idea of a possible screening at The Shea.

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