Shelburne Falls villagers react to new ‘Dexter’ trailer, reflect on film experiences

  • Scenic artists put down rolls of fake snow on State Street in Shelburne Falls in April, where they were shooting scenes for “Dexter.” Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • A Steadicam operator gets ready to shoot a scene for “Dexter” inside McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls in April. Staff FILE Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2021 6:33:01 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — It’s been more than a month since Showtime’s “Dexter” wrapped up filming, and residents have had time to reflect on their experiences, as well as spot familiar landmarks in the recently released trailer.

In the trailer, which can be viewed at, actor Michael C. Hall, who plays the main character Dexter Morgan, is shown strolling through Shelburne Falls, cheerily greeting residents of the fictional town of Iron Lake before stopping to gaze at a display of hunting knives in a shop window. He goes by the name Jim Lindsay.

Production crew members were described as kind, generous and good for business. According to a news release from the towns of Shelburne and Buckland, the film project spent approximately $900,000 over two weeks.

Shelburne Selectboard Chair Andrew Baker said Showtime did well integrating itself into the community.

“I think the ‘Dexter’ production did a very creditable job in all of their logistics and communications with the towns and the local people,” Baker said. “They certainly appeared to spread the wealth around in terms of helping the local businesses.”

He said the biggest challenge was postponing production until April, which would have been when the town was working on a water main replacement on Bridge Street. The project is now underway, but will be “more disruptive” as it is tourism season.

“Dexter” follows forensic analyst Dexter Morgan, who spends his days solving crimes and his nights committing them, according to a synopsis on Showtime’s website. But the character lives by a “strict honor code” — acting as a vigilante serial killer. The final episode of the original series, which lasted eight seasons, aired in 2013.

To film the new 10-episode limited series, Showtime crews went to various locations across Massachusetts, including Shelburne Falls, Sunderland and Whately in Franklin County. The show was being called “Marble” before the official announcement was made that “Dexter” would be returning.

Baker said he’s never watched the original “Dexter,” but said he’s enjoyed seeing Shelburne Falls on the screen in the past.

“This is our third time with a big Hollywood-scale production. … It was fun to see Shelburne transformed into different fictional towns,” Baker said. “I’m sure a lot of people will be looking at this one, too, to see what glimpses of Shelburne are visible in the final product.”

The opening scene of the recently released trailer shows the Iron Bridge looking toward Odd Fellows Hall, the building that houses McCusker’s Market, before Michael C. Hall strolls by various businesses.

Baker also noted that both Shelburne and Buckland are seeking input on how to spend the permit fees paid by Showtime. The release states that letters can be sent by mail to the Shelburne and Buckland town administrators, or emailed to or

Crystal Stinson, co-owner of the Bridge Street Bazaar, said she thought the show’s new trailer portrayed Shelburne in a positive light.

“I think they wanted the small town feeling where everybody knows each other,” Stinson said. “They had a great shot of the bridge.”

The Bridge Street Bazaar was used as a filming location, and Stinson said the production company’s staff brought “fresh energy” to the town.

“The crew made a great effort to support local businesses,” Stinson said. “They even cast local people as extras.”

Nancy Dole, owner of Nancy L. Dole Books on State Street, said the overall experience was a positive one.

“They were all very caring, thoughtful people,” Dole said of the film crew members.

Dole said she has not watched “Dexter,” because of its “troubling” themes, but said businesses were compensated fairly. She added, however, that film production should be a rare event.

“The movie folks were positive,” Dole said. “I don’t think we should do it annually.”

William Seibert, owner of the Shelburne Falls Cork on Deerfield Avenue, said seeing Shelburne in the trailer was good exposure for the town’s scenic views.

“I think it’s a great thing,” Seibert said. “I’m happy to share (Shelburne’s) beauty with the country and the world.”

He said business was good during filming, and noted that the current water main replacement is doing more to disrupt his business than the show’s production.

“They really enjoyed my wine,” he said.

A Showtime spokesperson said more teasers and trailers will be coming this summer and fall. While the production company has a tentative premiere date of fall 2021, a specific date has not been released yet.

Chris Larabee can be reached at or at 413-930-4081.

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