A dozen locations around Durham, including the Dog House restaurant, have been staked out for the production of Main Street, a film starring Orlando Bloom, Andrew McCarthy, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Colin Firth, according to the Durham News Service.
See the map of the locations, which include downtown, the NCCU area and west and east Durham, here: mainst_filming_locations_map
Shooting begins Monday, April 6, at 206 N. Dillard St., which is at the corner of Liberty and Dillard. Shooting then moves to 400 N. Duke St. April 15-18.
The tentative schedule for the rest of five-week shoot is as follows:
505 W. Chapel Hill St. and 1004 Linwood Ave., April 21
200 E. Main, April 22
215 N. Church and 414 Cleveland St., April 23-24
1801 Fayetteville Road, April 25
713 Linwood Ave, May 2
123 W. Main, May 4
3521 Hillsborough Road (the Dog House restaurant), May 5
Highway 147 and Roxboro Road, May 6
The 2009 ADF season, entitled "Where Ballet and Modern Meet," will feature eight world premieres, one U.S. premiere, and four reconstructions.
According to the ADF Web site,
"Work that was previously presented at Page Auditorium on the Duke University campus will now be presented at the beautiful new Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham. Performances will also continue to be presented at Reynolds Industries Theater on the campus of Duke University, and this season at two additional locations in the Triangle community."
The long-rumored, long-gestating film known as Main Street is inching its way to realization.
Reliant Pictures, the Thom Mount-helmed company that is producing, has a production office at the old Duke Diet and Fitness Center at the corner of Trinity and Duke Streets, according to production manager David Linck.
Filming is now set to begin between March 30 and April 6, Linck says.
Last month, we reported that a New York casting agency had conducted a week of auditions for smaller speaking roles. Linck doesn't close the door on additional casting, saying in an email, "Although no further cast and extras auditions are scheduled at this time, there may be more in the future as need dictates."
Linck was unable to confirm the identities of the lead actors, despite reports of the involvement of Colin Firth, Patricia Clarkson and Ellen Burstyn. "Cast names are not set and not confirmed," Linck says.
Reyn Bowman of the Durham County Visitor's Bureau (DCVB) confirmed that his office has been assisting the advance team with locations and permits.
The script of Main Street was written by playwright and two-time Oscar winner Horton Foote, who died earlier this month at the age of 92.
As posted Friday on our Triangulator blog, and accidentally not posted here at the same time...
If there was any doubt about the depth and breadth of the economic crisis in general and the daily newspaper crisis in particular, this afternoon's announcement from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival abolishes it.
The New York Times, which has provided sponsorship support for the 12-year-old festival since 2001, has withdrawn its commitment, the festival announced today, less than three weeks away from the start of this year's event, which is scheduled for April 2-5 in Durham.
The Times was one of two "presenting sponsors" for the festival. Duke University is the other. The threshold for being a presenting sponsor is $100,000, says Peg Palmer, the festival's executive director, in a phone interview earlier this evening.
"We're disappointed. We've had a good long relationship with the Times," Palmer says. "All the newspapers are reassessing [their priorities]. They're slashing budgets and revisiting priorities. We're one of the many that fell by the wayside."
It's our revamped ADF blog, now a seasonal arts blog allowing us to cover seasonal arts and arts festivals such as Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 2-5, 2009) and American Dance Festival (June 11-July 26, 2009). Check back in a few weeks for the start of our Full Frame coverage.