Miramax scouting Shelburne Falls for possible movie scenes

  • The Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls is being considered as a possible locale for a Miramax movie. STAFF FILE PHOTO

For the Recorder
Published: 1/14/2022 1:37:34 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — Once again the village has drawn the attention of movie makers as representatives from the entertainment company Miramax are expected to make a visit here today.

Buckland Town Administrator Heather Butler told the Selectboard this week that the location manager for the film “The Holdovers” stopped in Town Hall to say a scout will be in town today to check out “a full scope” of potential filming locations.

The company is also contacting the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT), apparently due to its interest in filming on the Iron Bridge. Other specific spots named to date are the alley between Buckland Pizza and Town Hall, West End Pub and McCusker’s Market.

There are no further details or a proposal yet, but Butler wanted to bring up the possibility because at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting voters expressed concern about not having a voice when film companies come to town. The most recent was for the filming of the Showtime TV show “Dexter: New Blood” in April. Scenes were also shot in Whately and Sunderland.

“Dexter,” which featured many local scenes over its 10 episodes, aired its finale Jan. 9.

Prior to “Dexter,” filming took place in the village for the movies, “Labor Day” in 2012 and “The Judge” in 2013.

“I think we heard a message loud and clear that people want more notice and more input,” Butler said, adding that as soon as a proposal is in hand, she will bring it to the Selectboard and folks can weigh in at a meeting via Zoom. She noted this film takes place in winter, which is probably the best time to have disruption in the village.

Voters at Annual Town Meeting rejected a proposal to amend the town’s bylaw concerning how approvals are made regarding the filming of movies and television shows.

Buckland and Shelburne were each paid $20,000 from “Dexter,” but Butler is clear that any financial gain to the towns from “The Holdovers” will be significantly less as only a part of the film may be shot here and for a much shorter length of time.

“This is in no way close to that type of revenue,” Butler said, adding that her understanding is that filming is to start in February.

In addition, the production crew for “Dexter” paid many local businesses for use of their building or due to the inconvenience.

Buckland Annual Town Meeting voters agreed to use half of the “Dexter” money, $10,000, to buy a tractor that is now in use clearing sidewalks.

Shelburne voters have not spent any of their town’s “Dexter” money, but Selectboard Chair Andrew Baker said one project “in our sights” is developing a “pocket park’” on the Singley lot. Pending a successful negotiation with the owners of that land at Bridge Street and Deerfield Avenue, Town Meeting voters would have to approve the project to move it forward.

Miramax has acquired worldwide rights to “The Holdovers,” the Alexander Payne-directed film that teams him again with “Sideways” star Paul Giamatti. David Hemingson wrote the script and Mark Johnson is producing.

According to IMDb, the story is said to be about a “curmudgeonly, universally disliked teacher, his trouble-making 15-year-old student, and the school’s African American cook, who recently lost her son in Vietnam.” They “are thrown together as they remain at Deerfield Academy over the course of the holidays in 1970.”


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