‘Labor Day’ film to open Christmas Day
SHELBURNE FALLS — Despite its name, “Labor Day,” the Hollywood movie partly filmed last June in Franklin County, isn’t going to be on any local movie screens this Labor Day. But the film is slated for a limited release in selected cities on Christmas Day.
On Friday, Lisa Strout, executive director of the Massachusetts Film Office, confirmed reports that have been put out on a few film websites. “Yes, it is public now that ‘Labor Day’ will have a limited release at Christmas and broader release in January, 2014,” she said Friday.
The screenplay by Jason Reitman, based on a novel by Joyce Maynard, is a coming-of-age story about a depressed single mom and her 13-year-old son, who give a ride to a stranger, who turns out to be an escaped convict. The film stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Many scenes were filmed in Shelburne Falls, which was temporarily transformed into “Holton Mills, N.H.” for the movie. The Keystone Market, Baker’s Pharmacy and other Bridge Street storefronts were made over to look like old shops from the 1980s, when the plot takes place.
Also, the Franklin County jail, Millers Falls and a bit of rural Buckland were filmed. Besides the familiar scenery, many locals were used as extras in some of the village scenes.
Another Hollywood movie, “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester and Robert Duvall, starts filming in Shelburne Falls next week.